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Notice of Public Hearing 2017 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant application

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DATE OF HEARING: March 21, 2017 at 2:00pm LOCATION: 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Washtenaw County Parks Administrative Office) The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is holding a public hearing regarding an application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for a grant to acquire 17 acres of land in Scio Township along the Huron River.

Notice of Public Hearing 2017 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant application

Tall grass prairie on the site

The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) would like to apply for a grant through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) to acquire two parcels of land in Scio Township totaling approximately 17 acres (see maps). The parcels have more than a half-mile of frontage along the Huron River and contain good quality natural systems including prairie, forest, and emergent wetland.  If acquired, the property would be protected primarily through the county’s Natural Area Preservation Program (NAPP).

One of the requirements for land protected by MNRTF and NAPP is that it be made accessible to the public. The parcels in this application are accessible from Daleview Drive; however, because of the limited space available at this location and the lack of a safe crossing of the railroad tracks, no public access is proposed from Daleview. It is likely that county staff, police, and other first responders would have access from Daleview Drive for maintenance, security, and emergency purposes.

Public access is proposed in two phases. First, the site is along the nationally designated Huron River Water Trail so a rustic canoe/kayak landing could provide public access in the short term. At the landing, a small wooden kiosk is proposed (containing rules, a map, and other information). Additionally, a natural surface footpath around the nature preserve would provide wildlife viewing opportunities. The second phase (timeframe undetermined) is to construct access to the nature preserve via the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) as described in the Master Plan for the B2B between Dexter and Ann Arbor (see maps). This presents a unique opportunity to create a nature preserve that is accessible only by non-motorized means (except in emergency situations).

The proposed grant application is solely for acquisition of the land, not for the development of the B2B. Additional public hearings and comment opportunities will be necessary prior to building access via the B2B.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to provide feedback, please send written comments to Peter Sanderson, sandersonp@ewashtenaw.org. Written comments will be read aloud at the meeting, must include your name and address, and be pertinent to the subject of the hearing. If you require special accommodations for the meeting (i.e., language interpreter), please provide at least 48 hours advanced notice.

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