The Squiers Preserve in Sylvan Township is a 50-acre parcel with quite a nice diversity of habitat types including dry-mesic southern forest, buttonbush swamp, hardwood swamp, sedge meadow and marsh. The most unique aspect of the preserve's hydrology is the presence of artesian springs, which seep to the surface in several areas. Pressure from the upward seepage of one of the springs has created a peat dome along the eastern boundary of the property.
Like several other properties acquired through the Natural Areas Preservation Program, NAPP funds were used to purchase a conservation easement from the Squiers family. The easement allows for public access and the property will be managed as a nature preserve by Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. The Squiers family retains title to the land.
Directions: From I-94: Exit 157-Pierce Road Old U.S. 12. Head south on Old U.S. 12, take your first left onto Sylvan Road (old red brick schoolhouse at the corner). The preserve access point is located on the west side of Sylvan Road, approximately 0.75 miles south of Old U.S. 12, 1.5 miles north of Heim Road, and immediately north of the Squiers Family home at 1280 Sylvan Road.