- Associated Press - Monday, October 10, 2016

BARAGA, Mich. (AP) - A public ceremony is planned to celebrate a project that will protect scenic lands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from development.

The project will shield 1,374 acres and nearly a mile of Lake Superior Shoreline in the northwestern U.P.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided a $1 million grant to buy the property, while private foundations and individuals chipped in an additional $1.1 million.

It’s part of a program called the Abbaye Peninsula-Huron Bay Conservation Initiative.

The nonprofit Keweenaw Land Trust says the land provides important wildlife habitat, scenic views and recreation opportunities that will boost the local economy.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT at the Lightfoot Bay Nature Area in Baraga County.

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Online:

- https://www.keeweenawlandtrust.org

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