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Hess Preserve

Located on the Lake Huron shoreline less than 10 miles northwest of Rogers City, the 13-acre Hess Preserve is a gem. With over 600 feet on Lake Huron, the property includes four natural community elements and is representative of the significant biodiversity present in this northern Lake Huron coastal region.

Rank S2 – Imperiled in the state because of rarity due to very restricted range, very few occurrences(often 20 or fewer), steep declines, or other factors making it very vulnerable to extirpation.Rank S3 – Vulnerable in the state due to the restricted range, relatively few occurrences(often 80 or fewer), recent and widespread declines, or other factors making it vulnerable to extirpation.
Coastal Fen – Rush and sedge dominated wetland occurs on soils rich in magnesium and calcium carbonates along the flat, saturated shorelines of northern Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.Limestone Cobble Shore – Sparsely vegetated covered with cobbles, occurs on the shorelines of northern Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Interdunal Wetland – Rush, sedge, and shrub dominated wetland that occurs in depressions within open dunes or between beach ridges along the Great Lakes.Wooded Dune and Swale Complex – Large complex of parallel wetland swales and upland beach ridges formed by receding water level 12,000 years ago.

This unique ecosystem is home to rare plants such as Lake Huron Tansy, Butterwort and English Sundew. The property has a documented population of the federally and state threatened Houghton’s Goldenrod, and there is a potential for endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly, state special concern Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, and others to be present as well.

The Hess Preserve is located on Evergreen Highway, and is open daily to the public for low-impact recreation such as hiking or bird watching, although is is very wet during spring thaw and heavy rains.

“The richness of this area of northern Michigan shoreline is important, and I would urge strong consideration be given to this opportunity to protect a representative and diverse set of the Great Lakes features in perpetuity.”

Michael R. Penskar, former Lead Botanist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory
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