By Associated Press - Thursday, September 15, 2016

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - About 80 acres of land in western Michigan is expected to be added to North Ottawa Dunes park in Ottawa County.

Ottawa County Parks says in a release that county commissioners and a local board have approved a deal to acquire the privately-owned parcel in Spring Lake Township.

The park is part of a freshwater dune system along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The parcel is along the eastern edge of the dunes and is surrounded by the park on three sides. It is primarily back dune forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, Eastern hemlock and red oak. It will increase North Ottawa Dunes’ size to 593 acres.

A property exchange between the township and the property’s owner is expected to be finalized within 30 days.

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