Applications for the Washtenaw County
Natural Area Preservation Program (NAPP) are now available from the Washtenaw
County Parks and Recreation Department.
The program—approved by voters in November, 2000—seeks to protect the county’s
outstanding natural features and landscapes for their ecological, scientific
and recreational benefits. Over $27 million will be available over the 10
year course of the program.
Landowners whose property has significant natural features—such as water
frontage, woodlands, wetlands and rare species of plants or animals—are
encouraged to apply. The county ordinance defining the program allows for
the fee interest purchase of land and also for the purchase of “conservation
easements” that would keep the land in private ownership and restrict or
prevent public access. Acquisition values will be determined by
independent real estate appraisers.
Applications will be screened using criteria established by the program’s
advisory committee. The committee will ultimately make recommendations to
the county Parks and Recreation Commission, which will make the final
determinations on which properties to protect and the price to pay for
them. Any land purchased outright will be maintained by county parks for
quiet recreational use.
Applications are available from County Parks at (734) 971-6337, or on the
county web site at
Please feel free to pass this info on or to post elsewhere.
Barry Lonik, Chair
Natural Area Technical Advisory Committee
Marquette, Suite 2A