A conservation group says it will plans to have 171 acres of pristine West Michigan dune shoreline in its hands December 31st. Land conservationists have had their eyes on the Saugatuck dune shoreline property for decades. It sits adjacent to Oval Beach City Park, and at one point it was slated for residential development.
Now it will be forever preserved, thanks to a combination of the state and private donors.
Last week Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund announced it would give its largest gift ever, $10.5 million, to see this sale go through. That's just more than half the purchase price, but it wasn't immediately clear it would be enough. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan had figured on $2.1 million more from the state.
Now the current owner has dropped the price by $1 million.
The conservancy still has to raise another $4.5 million. It'll launch a campaign in a few weeks, at the closing.