As 2017 comes to a close, landowners and SWMLC staff both hurry to complete their land protection projects before the turn of the year . . .
View of Monroe Lake from the Dewey property. Photo by Bruce.
Last week, Pete and Emily met with Pam Dewey, who has donated a conservation easement on her Barry Township property to SWMLC, thereby safeguarding it forever.

Pam’s 40-acre property contains her residence and a beautiful dry-mesic forest full of oaks, maples, and beech – along with a small agricultural area that she has restored to prairie. It also has frontage on Monroe Lake, which is part of a large wetland-lake complex within the Gull Lake Watershed, one of SWMLC’s priority areas. The neighboring parcels were all owned at one time by her grandfather, subsequently subdivided, and now owned by members of her family.

Pam Dewey with Emily Wilke, SWMLC Conservation Projects Manager. Photo by Pete.
Emily and Pam have been working on this project since 2011, brought together after Pam’s conversation with Mike and Carol Klug, whose property also holds a SWMLC conservation easement. Land protection projects are sometimes long in the making, but conserving the land in perpetuity makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you, Pam!

Another view of Monroe Lake from the Dewey property. Photo by Bruce.
Late fall view of the prairie restoration on the Dewey property. Photo by Bruce.

Landscape photos by Bruce Howe   |   Photo of Pam Dewey & Emily Wilke by Pete Ter Louw