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Businesses aid land parcel

October 20, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

The North Woods Conservancy just completed a big push to get 300 Monthly Sustainers ($10/month donors) by Sept 30, on the way to 400 by Dec 31. The beneficiary is Seven Mile Point, a 32-acre parcel on the north shore of the Keweenaw with 2,000 feet of gorgeous sand, bedrock and cobble shoreline used by generations for swimming, picnicking, agate hunting and sunset watching.

A big mortgage needs to be paid off to ensure the property remains open for people and wildlife forever.

Community awareness was raised by several means, including many countertop displays containing take-home flyers in various establishments throughout the Keweenaw. I'm volunteering full-time for the next two years to help save SMP, and I was the person who placed most of the displays. On behalf of the NWC, SMP, and myself: Thank you. We have found that once people hear about the idea (getting 400 people to chip in $10/month to help pay the mortgage), most are supportive. Reaching them is the hard part.

Thank you to: 5th & Elm Coffee Shop and Eatery, Ahmeek Streetcar Station, Calumet Floral and Gifts, Calumet Golf Course, Copper Country Family Dentistry, Copper World Gifts, Cyberia Caf, Downwind Sports, Eagle Harbor Inn, Fitzgerald's Restaurant, Harbor Haus Restaurant, Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Portage Lake District Library, InSight EyeCare, Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau, Keweenaw Co-Op, Keweenaw Gem and Gift, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Library Restaurant, Lunch Bag Restaurant, Mariner North, Marquette Co-Op, Michigan House, Mike Lahti State Farm Insurance, Nagamoon Gifts, Nina's Restaurant, Omphale Gallery and Caf, Northland Veterinary Clinic, Rock House Grille. Shipping Shop, Snowbound Books, Surplus Outlet, Four Seasons Tea Room, Trail Creek Motors, Vertin Gallery and Wicker and Willow.

Thanks also to the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, which ran a half-page article about SMP in their fall newsletter, and to everyone who posted the information on Facebook.

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The tally? We got to 276 as of Sept 30 - thank you. As of today, we need 110 more to reach the goal of 400 Monthly Sustainers by Dec. 31. You can join via our website at (join online or print a mail-in form) or give me a call at 370-3497. The website also has maps, photos, and directions to all five NWC Natural Areas totaling about 1,000 acres and 2 miles of shoreline. I hope you can visit one this fall.

Kate Griffith

North Woods Conservancy




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