Bruce and Pete recently met with John and Carol Rasmussen, who have donated a conservation easement (CE) that will permanently protect their 38-acre property in Pennfield Township, northeast of Battle Creek in Calhoun County.

Both Carol and John enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of their “spot up north”, on which they have camped, hunted, and hiked with their daughter for nearly 30 years.The rolling property contains a high-quality, age-diverse woodland of oak, maple, cherry, and white pine with frontage on the almost entirely undeveloped Pine Lake.

The property is also located within the Wanadoga Creek sub-watershed, an area that we have been working in for the past several years that is part of Emily’s current MDEQ-funded Battle Creek Watershed project. By next year, this project will have protected several hundred acres of wetland in Barry County’s Wanadoga Creek headwaters area.

The Rasmussen CE is our 97th conservation easement, bringing our total protected land under easement to just under 11,500 acres, and adding to the 2,093 protected acres in Calhoun County. Also, this was Bruce’s first “closing” as SWMLC Land Protection Specialist.

THANK YOU, JOHN AND CAROL!