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.”
Mark Brochu St. Clair County Parks 810-989-6960
Mike Kelly The Conservation Fund 989- 892-9171