If you are planning to attend, we recommend wearing long pants and sturdy shoes.
As of today, July 12th, we’ve had to take down the RSVP page, as we’ve RSVPs for over 100 people! Wow! We believe this is all we have the logistics to handle, and we don’t want to overload our very gracious hosts, so we hope those who didn’t get to RSVP yet will understand. Again, thanks for the outpouring of interest for what will be a wonderful event!
Update: We have created a Wait List for interested parties. Please click on ‘Waiting List’ above to add your name.
Protecting Land, Preserving the Gull Lake Experience
Scenic countryside, pristine waters, abundant fish and wildlife—they’re what make the “Gull Lake experience” so special. To date, more the 1,500 acres have been permanently protected in the Gull Lake watershed through conservations easements, which restrict future development on privately-held property, and donated preserves. These conservation properties protect not only the character of our area but also the health of Gull Lake and other watershed lakes and streams.
On Saturday July 20, GLQO will join the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and the Four Township Water Resources Council in celebrating the contributions of individuals who have helped keep the Gull Lake experience special by permanently protecting their land. The event will include guided walking tours of several of the most beautiful natural areas around Gull Lake:
- The Boudeman Family Farm conservation easement features over 700 acres of woods, restored prairie, ponds, and farmland. The property spans both sides of BC Avenue, a state of Michigan designated Natural Beauty Road.
- The Shumaker conservation easement is located just north of Gull Lake along Prairieville Creek, which is the single largest source of surface water to Gull Lake. The recent conservation of the Shumaker property, along with other several properties along Prairieville Creek, was a critical step towards protecting the fisheries and overall water quality in Gull Lake.
- Woodlawn Preserve, located on Baseline Road and East Gull Lake Drive, is a 12-acre preserve donated to the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy in order to create an educational native garden area and to maintain the scenic character of East Gull Lake Drive.
In addition to these guided walking tours, a map of the other conservation properties will be available so that residents can take a driving tour of the permanently protected land in the Gull Lake area. Transportation will be provided for those with limited mobility. Those who attend should make sure they arrive promptly at 9:00AM.
Don’t miss out on your only chance to visit this private property.
RSVP by July 12.