A Watershed Moment: The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area

The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, a 171 acre peninsula, located where the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan meet, has a diverse population of plants and animals, including at least 6 identified nationally as endangered or threatened species.  The Land Conservancy of West Michigan purchased the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area in the winter of 2009 from private owners, with the agreement that the City of Saugatuck would officially buy the land by the end of 2011, permanently conserving more of the beautiful shoreline, dunes and marsh ecosystems for current and future generations.

In the April 19th episode of “A Watershed Moment”, Peter Homeyer, the Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, explains how after over 50 years of wishing and hoping this finally came to pass.

Homeyer also highlights how the property north of the channel slated for development will create a contrasting view of the future. This northern property’s owner has hopes to develop this land into condos and multi-million dollar homes  and a marina, potentially ruining the existing ecosystem and wildlife habitat.  The Saugatuck  Harbor Natural Area, meanwhile, will be preserved and open to the public for swimming, hiking, fishing, bird watching and photography.  It can be accessed through existing Oval Beach.

For more information, visit the Land Conservancy of West Michigan’s website.

Listen to the full interview here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.

Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays, 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media  Center and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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