Crane Sisters Protect 715 Feet of Shoreline Along Beloved Lake Leelanau
Four sisters have forever preserved an ecological powerhouse on their beloved Lake Leelanau with a legal agreement called a conservation easement. The sisters’ 10 acres and 715 feet of shoreline are home to many childhood memories that include rowing to the Narrows to see painted turtles, hunting for wildflowers and swimming for hours on end. Here, four generations of this family have loved this incredible spot and are overjoyed that it will never be developed.
The sisters were compensated for the value of the land’s development rights, but donated more than 25% of that value to the project. “The land was imminently developable into several house sites but thankfully, that was not in the Crane family’s wishes,” says Matt Heiman, Director of Land Programs.
The natural shoreline, with its never-ending supply of “woody debris” that falls into the water, is prime habitat for juvenile fish, mink, otter and waterfowl.
Watch for a more in-depth story about this generous family and their love for Leelanau in our summer newsletter. Above photo: the Crane sisters’ grandparents (on bench) Edward and Gertrude Baxter, purchased the land in the early 1920s.