The endangered Greater Sibley Prairie Complex is a lakeplain prairie ecosystem located in Wayne county less than 5 miles from the Detroit River.
Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) determined that lakeplain prairie systems existing on glacial lakeplain are floristically distinguishable from other prairie systems due to unique hydrology and geology and they also found rare and endangered plant and animals.
The largest lakeplain prairie remnant in Michigan totaling 370 acres is found on private properties off of Sibley Road in Brownstown Township. The land owned by the Fritz family was previously zoned industrial . . . making it cost-prohibitive for anyone except a developer to purchase it. The Nature Conservancy had an offer on the table that was in the millions and it was refused.
Business as usual in Brownstown Township has now led to the rezoning of the Sibley Prairie to multi family and single family residential in order to make way for more subdivisions. A public hearing is scheduled at the Brownstown Township Hall August 9, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.