Saganing Preserve to be dedicated with public ceremony
STANDISH TOWNSHIP — People in Arenac County may not know about the abundance of natural resources and wildlife that frequents the Saganing Nature Preserve in Standish Township, which is why the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC) is hosting a dedication ceremony for the preserve on July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
“It (ceremony) symbolizes that the property, the preserve, is open to the public. We want the public to know that it’s there as a resource,” said SBLC Executive Director Valerie Roof, adding the public is encouraged to attend. “It’s a beautiful area for viewing birds and other wildlife. … People can fish, hunt; there are a number of other things to do.”
The Saganing Preserve, located at the Western end of Worth Road, is a little different than the other nature preserves in the SBLC, Roof says, because it has two coastlines.
“The most unique feature about it compared to other preserves is that one border is on the Saganing River and the other one is on the Saginaw Bay,” Roof said, adding it is also the one of the SBLC’s least developed ones. “We kept this particular preserve in its natural state. … We don’t have any established trail system.”
But people wishing to go fishing, hunting, bird watching or to just clear their heads after a tough day at the nearby Saganing Eagle’s Landing Casino, can still access the preserve, as there is one path cleared from the preserve’s entrance down to the river.
“There’s usually a deer path right along the river as well,” Roof added.
The SBLC Web site, sblc-mi.org, says the Saganing Nature Preserve is one of three SBLC Nature Preserves In Arenac County, along with the Standish Nature Preserve, also in Standish Township and the Pressprich Nature Preserve in Sims Township.
According to an SBLC press release, the Saganing Preserve contains 2,000 feet of water frontage on the Saganing River and 1,600 feet on the Saginaw Bay. The release also says “The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy helps maintain the quality of life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed through the preservation of important wetlands, waterways and land of all types. The Conservancy is a non-profit charitable organization working in the Saginaw Basin. To date, the Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 4,500 acres in the watershed.”
“Many of the lands we (SBLC) focus on are home to wetlands, which provide many benefits, including preservation of water quality, reducing sediment entering rivers and the bay, provide a barrier to erosion along shore lines, help with flood protection, and provide the beginning of the food chain,” said the SBLC Web site.