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Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056

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.

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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

Restorations being funded by the settlement

Ducks Unlimited press release "$1 Million Grant Approved for Saginaw Bay Wetlands", April 20, 2001. A coalition of citizen organizations and resources agencies successfully used parts of this settlement as matching projects in order to get a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for additional wetland restoration projects impacting 3,000 acres in the watershed.

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 Prairie (link to pdf file) and Lakeplain Wet-Mesic Prairie (link to pdf file) Abstracts


 
Last updated: July 17, 2008