Maple Valley Conservation Property
Where is the property? The property is a 34.72 acre parcel on Mason road located one mile west of Vermontville, MI. The land has 2,000 feet of undeveloped frontage along both sides of the Thornapple River. The land located north of the river exhibits a forest cover of mixed lowland hardwoods with conifers and brush intrusions and soils that are prone to frequent flooding. The land to the south of the river exhibits a gently rolled grassy field with well drained conditions.
What are the main goals for the property? The Department of Natural Resources and Environment purchased this site in October 2009 to lease the property to the ECD for management for “public recreation and outdoor education purposes, including but not limited to riverbank fishing access and carry down boat launching”. This site will be managed as a conservation site with limited development and the potential for conservation demonstration projects.
Why has this parcel been identified as important? This parcel along the Thornapple has been identified by the DNRE fisheries as important to provide riverbank fishing and canoe/kayak access. During the Nashville Dam removal and river restoration work just downstream there was the vision and interest to provide improved access to the public.
What activities are prohibited on the property? Due to proximity to homes and the school, Hunting is limited. Fishing and canoe launch is available on the property. Fires and Camping are prohibited.
How will this project fit in with other projects in the community? Other projects identified in the area include the Nashville Dam removal and river restoration, the Thornapple River Clean-up, Thornapple Watershed Management Plan, Paul Henry Thornapple Trail, and the potential Safe Routes to Schools project.
What partnerships will be involved with this property? The ECD will partner with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management, Maple Valley Jr/Sr High School, Vermontville Village, Vermontville Township, Eaton County, Eaton County Parks Department, neighbors, community members and MORE…
Who do I contact for information regarding this parcel?
Sue Spagnuolo - Executive Director
Eaton Conservation District
551 Courthouse Drive, Suite 3
Charlotte, MI 48813
517/543-1512 X 5 firstname.lastname@example.org