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SG-W:/ County Natural Area Preservation Program Workshops

Two workshops for landowners and other interested folks on the Washtenaw County Natural Area Preservation Program (NAPP) will be held in late May.  The first will be at York Township hall, 11560 Stony Creek Rd., on Wednesday, May 26, and the second at Dexter Township hall, 6880 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., on Thursday, May 27.  Both workshops begin at 7:00 p.m.

NAPP-which was funded by county voters in 2000-is operated by the county Parks and Recreation Commission.  The program seeks to purchase and protect high quality natural areas across the county.  To date nearly 500 acres of land has been protected.

The workshops-which are sponsored by the Ecology Center, the Raisin Valley Land Trust and the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy-seek to inform landowners with property having significant natural features of the county program and to encourage their application.  Public officials are also welcome to attend and learn how the program may apply in their area.  Program manager and county parks superintendent of park planning Tom Freeman will provide a slide presentation and answer questions.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Barry Lonik of the Ecology Center, (734) 426-7089 or <BLonik13@aol.com>.