March 23, 2023

New Trails and Headquarters

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Jan. 28, 2023

Big things are happening for two Traverse City nonprofits. The Grand Traverse Conservation District has recently completed a new connector trail (pictured) on the east side of the Boardman-Ottaway River, linking the organization’s Natural Education Reserve to trails adjacent to the Great Lakes Incubator Farm. The quarter-mile trail includes 400 feet of raised boardwalks and takes trail users through cedar swamp and dense wetlands. Next up for them is the Ottaway Crossing, a 200-foot pedestrian bridge that will be installed at the site of the former Sabin Dam. On the opposite side of town, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has moved into their new digs at the Mitchell Creek Meadows off 3 Mile Road. The former golf course is being transformed not only into the official headquarters for the conservancy but also into healthy, restored habitat for plants and wildlife. Creation of the onsite universally accessible Looyenga Family Trail is underway, as is a connection to the 3-Mile section of the TART Trail.


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