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Nature Worth Preserving - Blue Heron's Blog

  • Writer's pictureHope Herron

Preservation of Shiawassee Lake: A Vital Ecosystem for the Shiawassee River

The Shiawassee River is over 110 miles long. It begins at the easternmost point in Springfield Township at Shiawassee Lake. The conservancy had the opportunity to preserve part of this lake as well as 60 acres of mature forest when Springfield Township negotiated with the developer to retain open space in return for higher density of housing. In fall, the lake is a stop- over for migrating waterfowl. In winter it remains open due to the surrounding wetlands. In spring and summer it feeds the river with clear water nourishing valuable wetlands downstream.

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