PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A recently awarded federal grant is being used to establish a 320-acre community forest in Houghton County.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources worked with the grant recipient, Keweenaw Land Trust, to secure funding from the U.S. Forest Service to conserve forested lands in the Pilgrim River watershed and provide permanent public access for recreational use in Portage Township.
Keweenaw Land Trust executive director Evan McDonald calls it "a tremendous opportunity." He says that "even in a forested region with forest products important to our local economy, it is easy to take our forest land for granted."
The USFS issued $3.5 million in grants to support community forests throughout the nation.