The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) has done what no other conservation organization has done to date: purchased land within the 13-mile Stony Creek stream corridor in southern Door County for the purpose of permanent conservation.
The purchase of one mile of the stream bank preserves a 43-acre parcel of land containing a high quality forest filled with native white cedar, black ash and white birch. The area near the creek is blanketed by ferns, including sensitive, cinnamon and ostrich fern, which reach 6 feet tall in places. The creek itself provides important spawning habitat for fish.
“The protection of this parcel is an important first step towards protecting fisheries habitat on Stony Creek,” said Terrie Cooper, Door County Land Trust Community Conservation Director. “Ultimately, we hope to work with partners and landowners within this watershed to help protect the water quality flowing into Stony Creek and Lake Michigan. Clean water benefits us all.”
DCLT plans to restore a small portion of the property that was formerly in agriculture to create a buffer of native plants that will help to lessen soil erosion and sedimentation in the creek, which can positively impact fish that may be found here.
To donate and support the conservation work of the DCLT, visit DoorCountyLandTrust.org.