- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (AP) - A ceremony is planned to celebrate an agreement that will protect 750 acres of hardwood forest in northern Michigan from development.

Representatives of the state Department of Natural Resources will sign a deal Friday with the landowner, Lake Louise Christian Community. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Lake Louise organization’s camp in Boyne Falls.

The $1.2 million agreement establishes a conservation easement that will allow outdoor recreation on the parcel such as hunting, fishing, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

The tract is important habitat for wildlife, including 110 bird species including the bald eagle and common loon.

A stretch of Thumb Lake shoreline also will be protected.

The U.S. Forest Service provided a $900,000 grant for the conservation easement, while Lake Louise donated $300,000.

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