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Six Rivers Helps Define Watershed Management in the Belle

Check out the Port Huron Times Herald for an article outlining some of the activities by Six Rivers on the Belle River Watershed Management Plan.  In fact, if you want to know what a watershed management plan is and why we should care the article features a great explanation by our very own director, Chris Bunch.  Click here for link to article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Six Rivers Land Conservancy Aids in Goodells Park Acquisition

 Rochester, MI. – Six Rivers Land Conservancy announces the acquisition of a 39-acre parcel on the Pine River in Wales Township, Michigan. The acquisition, made possible by bridge financing provided by The Conservation Fund, is for the purpose of adding to the Goodells Park property, owned and managed by the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission. The newly acquired property is adjacent to the western border of Goodells Park at 8325 Lapeer Road. 

 Mark Brochu, Director of the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission stated, “We are excited to ensure the acquisition of this property in a timeframe agreeable to the seller, while maintaining our ability to apply for grant funds.”

Six Rivers’ interim purchase of the property allows St. Clair County to preserve its eligibility to attempt to secure grant funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF). The MNRTF, funded with royalties from oil and gas development on state land, provides grants for conservation and recreation for state and local units of government in Michigan. Grants provided by the MNRTF have been a major funding source for local parks, water access and other conservation and recreation projects throughout the state.

 “Projects in partnership with public entities such as St. Clair County allow us to fulfill our mission of conservation and at the same time increase recreational opportunities for residents of southeastern Michigan,” said Christopher Bunch, Executive Director of Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

 The financing for the project was provided by The Conservation Fund (TCF).  Virgina based TCF provides critical bridge financing to enable land conservancies, government agencies and community leaders to swiftly protect properties for wildlife, recreation or historic significance.  To date TCF has assisted with protecting over 7.5 million acres of land in all 50 states.  “We are pleased to be able to assist in park acquisition projects such as this,” said Mike Kelly, Director of Conservation Acquisition with the Great Lakes Office of TCF.  “We want solutions to conservation objectives to make economic sense for all involved.”

 Additional sources:

Mark Brochu    St. Clair County Parks                         810-989-6960

Mike Kelly        The Conservation Fund                       989- 892-9171

 

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Six Rivers Land Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization made up of members, donors and volunteers who believe it is important to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources that sustain us. We recognize and understand the value of an inviting landscape and a strong and vibrant natural resource base in our communities; it makes them attractive and healthy places to live and attracts people and institutions that create prosperity.

For the most part our work is with private landowners who share these values for our natural heritage and choose to act on them in measurable, permanent ways. Though we are not a government or regulatory agency, on occasion they may have a role in a project we are involved in.

We also recognize that the opposite is true—when natural resources are degraded, our prosperity suffers. Similarly, public health and infrastructure costs increase.  For example treating the drinking water we all require or the discharges into the lakes and streams that provide recreation, beauty and fisheries. Our work supports vibrant and healthy economies, communities and natural resources. We invite you to join us as we work to sustain the best qualities of our region.

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