At the urging of the Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP), we recently secured a purchase option on a beautiful 52-acre parcel with 1,500 feet of frontage on the Platte River in Benzie County’s Homestead Township. Now, we’re supporting the township’s application for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to acquire the property and use it for a public park.
HARP is a citizen-led group that hopes to turn Honor into a destination rather than another place to pass through on the way to Beulah or Frankfort. A big part of HARP’s plan is to showcase the beautiful Platte, a blue-ribbon trout stream. Because there is relatively little public access to the Platte in the immediate area right now, this particular property would provide a big boost to these efforts.
This is an excellent example of a community conservation project in which our expertise can help local communities achieve their outdoor conservation and recreation goals. The Trust Fund will make a decision on this and other projects in December.