- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An agreement has protected from development a 54-acre tract of wooded land in Washtenaw County that is important to the River Raisin watershed and is a rattlesnake habitat.

Debbie Thompson agreed to protect the property through a conservation easement, The Ann Arbor News reported (https://bit.ly/MTIonl ). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality assisted in the easement’s donation to the Legacy Land Conservancy, as did Thompson’s neighbors.

“I feel peaceful and tranquil when I walk in the woods,” Thompson said in a statement. “It’s undisturbed, mighty and dazzling. No matter what season or time of day, the experience is priceless.”

The land in Manchester Township includes a tributary to Iron Creek, which is in the River Raisin watershed, and is habitat for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. The property is located about 20 miles southwest of Ann Arbor.

The Legacy Land Conservancy was founded in 1971 and has worked to protect more than 5,500 acres of land throughout southern Michigan.

Some of the conservancy’s long-term land-protection goals cover property located near Waterloo, Pinckney and Sharonville; farmland in southwestern Washtenaw County; and groundwater recharge areas, wetlands and areas adjacent to streams.





Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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