Keweenaw Natural Areas is embarking on a final drive to complete the purchase of 226 acres that would link several existing protected areas in Keweenaw County together.
Two years ago, KNA reached an agreement to buy the land, which includes more than a half-mile of Lake Superior beach, and more than a half-mile of Gratiot River shoreline. The Gratiot River South parcel would complete the link between the Gratiot River County Park, and the KNA’s Black Creek, Gratiot River North and Conglomerate Falls holdings.
To complete the purchase, the KNA had to raise $1.4 million by the end of this year. That hasn’t happened.
But, the KNA has announced that a three-month extension has been granted, in which the organization must raise $1.25 million. Several organizations have combined to match donations at a 5-1 ratio, so the actual amount of cash KNA must raise from the community is reduced to $252,000.
If the money is not raised by March 31st, the KNA might be forced to begin selling off sections of the land to meet the financial obligation it assumed with the purchase.
If the purchase is concluded, KNA officials hope to begin building trails through the property, and developing other amenities that would allow it to be used recreationally and educationally.
To donate, click here, or send a check to KNA, PO Box 124, Calumet, MI 49913.