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Nearly 12 Acres of Shoreline Now Part of Michigan's Hiawatha National Forest


Hiawatha National Forest Research Natural Area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula now has 11.25 additional acres of shoreline along Lake Michigan. The land was transferred from The Conservation Fund to the U.S. Forest Service in December 2018 thanks to funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The acreage houses dunes, marshy troughs and sandy ridges — all habitats for at-risk wildlife and plant species such as the Pitcher’s thistle.

“We at Hiawatha National Forest greatly appreciate the support of The Conservation Fund in protecting this important parcel,” Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan said in a statement. “Our cooperative effort will allow better protection of the Great Lakes watershed.”

The property is now open to the public, which means visitors have six extra miles of shoreline to enjoy. To learn more about the new land and the national forest, visit

Photo courtesy of the Forest Service, Eastern Region/Flickr.

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