Three important additions to the beloved Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve along Lake Michigan in Antrim County could add valuable wildlife habitat, further protect water quality and preserve scenic views.
Totaling 21 acres, these properties contain northern hardwood swamp and mesic northern forest and are across the highway from the existing preserve. Two of the parcels contained the former Elk Rapids Sportsman’s Club, which for many years was plagued by contamination related to years of target practice there. The properties have been cleared of lead contamination with Michigan DEQ approval, which was verified by an independent, GTRLC-commissioned environmental assessment.
Together, the new acreage would mark a wonderful expansion to the existing preserve.