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E-M:/ Keweenaw Completion Celebration



Nature Conservancy Media Advisory

Michigan Chapter: 101 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906-4348 – http://nature.org/michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 4, 2003

Michigan Officials Celebrate Keweenaw Completion

WHO: Trustees and staff from The Nature Conservancy-Michigan Chapter will be joined by:

Local—Community leaders, including Charlie Eshbach, Keweenaw County Commissioners and township officials

State—Matt Johnson, on behalf of Gov. Granholm; Dennis Fox, on behalf of Lt. Gov. Cherry; State Rep. Richard Brown; State Rep. Tom Casperson; Jim Ekdahl, on behalf of the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources; Members of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission; Members of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board

Federal—Sherri Davie, on behalf of Senator Stabenow; Tom Baldini, on behalf of Cong. Bart Stupak

WHAT: Key to the Keweenaw Celebration Event

The Nature Conservancy purchased 6,275 acres from International Paper in January 2002 and acted as a third-party broker to transfer the land to the State of Michigan which utilized the single largest grant ever awarded by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. At this event, representatives from The Nature Conservancy will present the final half of a symbolic "Key to the Keweenaw" to state officials recognizing that this land will forever belong to the people of Michigan as a "last great place" open for hunting, fishing and hiking.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003

WHERE: Brockway Mountain Lookout (first pullover), Copper Harbor

Note: Please park at the boat launch and carpool with us up the mountain.

WHY: These 6,275 acres will join with other land already owned by The Nature Conservancy and the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources to protect a total of 13 shoreline miles and 11,104 acres with high biodiversity value. This parcel includes five miles of the Montreal River (a top-ranked trout stream), three sparkling inland lakes and spectacular waterfalls. These natural communities are home to numerous rare species and more than 900 species of flora. The Keweenaw is centrally located within the Great Lakes flyway, serving as an important stopover site for thousands of raptors, including hawks, eagles, falcons and merlins.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy counts 1 million members nationwide, including 32,500 in Michigan. Guided by the best available science, the Conservancy takes formal public positions on federal or state legislation only when there is a substantial and direct impact on the Conservancy’s ability to accomplish its mission.

VISUALS: A CD-ROM with photos or b-roll footage can be provided upon request.

CONTACT: Call Melissa Soule at (517) 316-2268 or email her at msoule@tnc.org.

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Melissa Soule, APR, Communications Director
The Nature Conservancy-Michigan Chapter
101 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906-4348
(517) 316-0300 * Direct to Melissa: (517) 316-2268
http://nature.org/michigan * Email: msoule@tnc.org
 
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