Marsh Protected (MI)
Environmental News Network
From Trust for Public Land
DETROIT, Michigan - The Trust for Public Land announced
today the acquisition of Humbug Marsh, 410 acres of marsh
and upland located along the Detroit River. The property
was acquired on Monday as part of a bankruptcy proceeding
involving a local development company, Made in Detroit.
The bankruptcy court made the determination that the plan
put forth by the unsecured creditors committee was in
the best interest of the creditors and the public. The
Trust for Public Land now owns the property and will work
with city, county, state and federal governments to develop
a long-term conservation solution.
"This is a great day for conservationists in Michigan,"
said U.S. Congressman Dingell. "The Trust for Public
Land deserves great credit and enormous praise for their
tremendous efforts, and what they have done will be remembered
for generations. The preservation of Humbug Marsh ranks
as one of the greatest conservation successes in southeastern
Michigan in the last 40 years."
"This is another step in achieving our goal to protect
the Humbug Marsh and see it become part of the greater
Detroit River protection effort," said Cynthia Whiteford,
Midwest Regional Director and Vice-President of the Trust
for Public Land. "The vision to protect this land
has evolved through a tremendous effort by many individuals
and groups. Key support has come from Congressman John
Dingell, the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative
and local grassroots efforts. This effort is another demonstration
of how TPL is able to find solutions that work for difficult
The Humbug Complex is made up of Humbug Island, Humbug
Marsh, and adjacent undeveloped upland habitats. It includes
410 acres of unique fish and wildlife habitats in Gibraltar
and Trenton, Michigan. Humbug Marsh represents the last
mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. mainland of the
Detroit River. Over 97% of the coastal wetlands in the
river have been destroyed by shoreline development and
nearly all of the coastal wetlands in western Lake Erie
have disappeared during the past 50 years. Because they
are home to such a high diversity of fish and wildlife,
the marshes have been identified as globally unique and
significant in biological diversity - nothing like this
marsh exist anywhere outside the Great Lakes.
Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land specializes
in conservation real estate, applying its expertise in
negotiations, public finance, and law to protect land
for people as parks, greenways, and open space. TPL has
protected over 1.3 million acres of land across the nation.
In Michigan, TPL has acquired and conveyed over 55,000
acres and has assisted various communities throughout
the state in their conservation efforts. Most recently,
TPL has assisted several communities in Southeast Michigan
acquire over 30 miles of dormant railroad property as
part of the Southeast Michigan Millennium Greenway.