Critical additions to one of the Conservancy’s oldest and most beloved nature preserves would prevent future development and could play a key role in a long-held dream to create a trail that encircles Pyatt Lake.
Though there are no development plans currently proposed, residential zoning allows for more than a dozen one-acre homesites on this land. Permanently protecting these properties and adding them to the existing preserve will provide crucial protection for the extremely sensitive and rare ecological features found in and around the Pyatt Lake wetland complex. Protecting these properties, which are contiguous to Pyatt Lake, will allow for more complete safeguarding of a place known to be one of the most botanically diverse in all of Grand Traverse County.
This protection effort would also allow the Conservancy to potentially provide access from Peninsula Drive, a move that will create another entrance to the preserve and alleviate parking congestion in the current lot. In addition, it is a vital component in a long-term goal of eventually providing a loop trail that takes visitors around the lake and allows them to explore more of this beautiful property. In order to protect the preserve’s most sensitive features, a trail would ideally be placed beyond the critical wetlands that surround the lake, so additions like this are crucial for such plans.