Legacy Land Conservancy Protects Endangered Butterfly Habitat by Defenders of Wildlife

Legacy Land Conservancy (formerly the Washtenaw Land Trust), based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently protected 123 acres of rare fen wetland habitat with their Living Lands grant. This grant funded the appraisal and survey of a working centennial farm, which is home to the endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly-along with other species of special concern in Michigan including the Eastern massasauga rattlesnake, Blanding's turtle, and the eastern box turtle. 

The protected woodlot on the property is also one of the few remaining beech-maple climax forests in Michigan. The project involved a partnership with the Legacy Land Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and has resulted in a permanently protected home for the fen and its unique inhabitants in southeast Michigan.

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