Former Timbers Girl Scout Camp Permanently Protected

June 26, 2014

It took dozens of guided hikes, hundreds of hours of staff time, a huge garage sale organized by former Girl Scouts, and nearly 500 individual donations and 4 challenge grants to secure the match for a $2 million grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, but just days before the June 30th deadline, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy announced that the Timbers Recreation Area will be successfully, and permanently, protected!

The 250+ acre property will be turned over to Long Lake Township and open to the public by the end of August. Meanwhile, the Conservancy is working to install a parking area with signage and a trail leading to the scenic trails that traverse forest and fields and lead to frontage on three inland lakes, including 2,000 feet of frontage on Long Lake. In partnership with the Township they are also leading the reconstruction of the entrance to the property off of Long Lake Road so that it is safer for people visiting the property.

Glen Chown, Executive Director of GTRLC stated “There are many heroes in this campaign. From the Oleson family who made this possible with their early support, to the former campers and staff of the Timbers Girl Scout Camp who lifted this on their shoulders from the beginning, to the leadership of the Long Lake Association and the Long Lake Foundation, to all the neighbors of the property. It has really been a broad community effort and that’s what we are most proud of.”

The Conservancy’s annual Preservation Celebration will be held at the Timbers on July 17th from 4:30-7:30 pm. “We are excited to celebrate with the community of people who made this protection possible and with those who will enjoy using this incredible property for passive recreation” said Matt McDonough, Director of Land Protection. To learn more about the Timbers Recreation Area and to RSVP for the Preservation Celebration, visit or call the Conservancy at 231-929-7911.

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