- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A new 8-acre nature preserve is being dedicated next month in Midland County.

The Little Forks Conservancy will open the Albert and Virginia Szok Preserve during a July 12 ceremony, after which visitors will be able to explore the property.

The Szoks’ children donated the parcel to the conservancy. It’s located along 1,200 feet of the Salt River, within the Pine Haven Recreation Area.

Albert Szok was a longtime teacher in the Midland public schools and helped develop environmental education programs for the Chippewa Nature Center. He and Virginia also ran a small fine arts business.

A conservation easement donated by the Szok family will enable the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy to help take care of the preserve.

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