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Saginaw Bay and River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Properties Acquired with the Settlement

 

The parties to the settlement purchased over 1,670 acres of land from willing sellers around Saginaw Bay. The purpose of the purchases was to protect excellent habitat remaining along the bay from development and to increase habitat by purchasing previously drained lands and restoring their wetlands. Wildlife managers and wetland experts selected the parcels based on habitat values, proximity to existing public lands, and prospects for restoration.

 

All parcels are now in public ownership. Most of the parcels belong to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and are managed as part of State Wildlife Areas . Little Charity Island and the purchased portions of Big Charity Island belong to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are managed by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. One parcel is owned and managed by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe.

 

 

Previous Owner/New Owner

County
Township, Range, Section

Acres

Features

Big Charity Island
USFWS

Arenac
T19N R9E S28,S33

250

Bulletwooded island in bay
Bulletinterior pond
Bulletmix of sand, rock, and vegetated shoreline

Little Charity Island
USFWS

Arenac
T19N R9E S6

5.4

Bulletwooded island
Bulletbird nesting colony

Sieja
MDNR

Arenac
T19N R6E S28-29, S33

280

Bulletlargely wooded
Bulletwetlands near bay

Eastman/KBC Tool
MDNR

Arenac
T18N R5E S2,S3

130

Bulletlargely wooded
Bulletseveral small ponds

Robinson
MDNR

Arenac
T18N R5E S2,S3

204

Bulletrestoration of coastal wetland and lakeplain prairie along bay
Bulletwooded ridge
Bulletpotential grassland restoration

Roney
Saginaw Chippewa

Arenac
T18N R5E S29, S32

110

Bulletcoastal wetland and lakeplain prairie along bay
Bulletwooded ridge
BulletSaganing Creek

Fritz
MDNR

Bay
T15N R4E S11

40

Bulletwooded
Bulletcontiguous with Tobico Marsh

Badour 1
MDNR

Bay
T15N R4E S14

34

 

Bulletrestoration of wetland
Bulletwetland connected to Tobico Marsh
Bulletfootbridge added for access

Badour 2
MDNR

Bay
T15N R4E S24

107

Bulletrestoration of wetland
Bulletwetland connected to Tobico Marsh
Bulletfootbridge added for access
Bulletsmall wooded area which may expand

Hughes; Wild
MDNR

Bay
T14N R6E S8

182

Bulletone mile of coastline
Bulletwetlands and beach ridge

Collon
MDNR

Tuscola
T14N R7E S15

40

Bulletupland
Bulletold beach ridge

Timmons
MDNR

Tuscola
T14N R7E S14

9.5

Bulletupland
Bulletold beach ridge

Rievert
MDNR

Huron
T16N R9E S15

46

Bulletrestoration of coastal wetland and lakeplain prairie along bay
Bullethas peninsula into bay

Gunden
MDNR

Huron
T16N R9E S14

100

Bulletwetlands and upland
Bulletold beach ridge

Blount; Borroughs
MDNR

Huron
T16N R9E S2
T17N R9E S35

138

Bulletcoastal wetland
Bulletforested upland

 

Restoration Links

To learn more about lakeplain prairie, one of the habitat types we are trying to restore, visit Michigan Natural Features Inventory and look at their Lakeplain Wet Prairie (link to pdf file) and Lakeplain Wet-Mesic Prairie (link to pdf file) Abstracts.

 

 

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Last updated: March 7, 2012