New 360-acre Northern Michigan riverfront nature preserve opens to public –

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, MICH. — Michigan nature lovers have a new spot to explore in Northern Michigan.

The non-profit Little Traverse Conservancy this week dedicated the new L. John & Helen Bishop Working Forest Reserve, a 360-acre preserve in Cheboygan County that includes nearly 1.5 miles of the Little Pigeon River.

The newly protected parcel is contiguous with two existing Little Traverse Conservancy properties — the Agnes S. Andreae and Boyd B. Banwell preserves — creating a nature preserve complex totalling more than 800 acres.

The “working forest reserve” designation means the property will be actively, sustainably managed and allow hunting from September through December.

The lead donors for the new reserve were Conservancy supporters Stuart and Patty Bishop; the reserve is named after Stuart’s parents.

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