54 years after birth, Michigan coastal state park finally joins during a hip
February 16, 2016 - Picnic Time
OSSINEKE, MI — For a final 54 years, a dual halves of Negwegon State Park have been separate detached like twins distant during birth.
This year, they will finally turn one.
Negewgon, a remote park on a seaside of Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay, will turn constant skill with assistance from a $900,000 sovereign extend to buy 391 acres of land between a park halves a state has prolonged hoped join a park with.
“The family reached out this summer and pronounced they were finally peaceful to sell,” pronounced Eric Ostrander, administrator of Negwegon and Harrisville state parks.
In a extend proposal, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources called a Dault family parcel a “critical acquisition” that would join a 7.75 acres of park shoreline underneath constant management. Negwegon is 3,738 acres of underdeveloped timberland and wetland so country and furious that camping wasn’t authorised until 2009.
In some spots, usually off one of a 12-miles of footpaths, 5,000-year-old mill walls and stone pits sojourn from a time when ancient Great Lakes people trapped caribou. The park is named for a Chippewa arch whose clan once wanted there.
Offshore, shipwrecks spawn a lake bottom. The park is adjacent a Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary headquartered in circuitously Alpena. Because a park is so remote, a lights of civilization are low adequate for Negwegon to validate as an central Michigan Dark Sky Preserve. A bill to annotate that in state law is now available signature by Gov. Rick Snyder in Lansing.
“You unequivocally feel like you’re out in a center of nowhere,” pronounced Ostrander.
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The sovereign extend income comes from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) coastal wetlands charge program. Negwegon is one of 28 projects in 12 states removing a common $20 million to strengthen coastal wetland or wasteland habitats. The income comes from an dig taxation on fishing equipment, ship and tiny engine fuel.
Thunder Bay’s seashore is a roving bird stopover and a beach section and dune swales support spawning and hothouse medium for whitefish, involved Hine’s emerald dragonfly and Pitcher’s thistle, and a Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, a claimant for a sovereign involved class list.
“With rising sea levels eating divided during coastal wetlands from one side and growth claiming some-more and some-more acres on a other, a coastal wetlands are being squeezed into an ever thinner splinter of land,” pronounced Fish Wildlife Service executive Dan Ashe.
The Dault parcel is being matched with another 180 acres underneath sovereign seductiveness to assistance join a fragmented park halves. A remaining private holding of about 40 acres is all that keeps a park from carrying constant open shoreline from finish to end.
The state initial purchased a park in 1962 and usually combined 4 country campsites about 7 years ago. The sites are flattering simple — usually a cruise table, glow pit, latrine array toilet and a stick to hang food out of bears strech — though their use has been increasing, pronounced Ostrander. The park estimated 26,000 visitors in 2014.
Osterander pronounced a park government devise is “leave it as is.”
“This is some-more to use as insurance for a coastal wetland,” he said. “Within a grant, there’s a ability, if we want, to put a route by to bond a parcels, though I’d contend that would be a ‘down a road’ form of project.”