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KEWEENAW COUNTY – As part of the planning process for the proposed purchase of more than 32,000 acres in eastern Keweenaw County, John Molinaro, consultant for Michigan’s The Nature Conservancy and Department of Natural Resources, met with the Keweenaw ATV Club in April.

There was a meeting with representatives from each group — fishing, hunting, trapping, bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles — to determine how the land would be managed after a change of ownership, according to the club’s April meeting minutes.

Protocol says people are concerned about how various activities — like hunting and fishing — are handled with the purchase.

In addition to the concerns of outdoor enthusiasts, there are many other considerations on which the 13-strong planning committee, all local residents, are concerned, including economic development.

At a public meeting held Tuesday in Calumet, where Molinaro was the keynote speaker, he said there are three existing companies that have asked for the opportunity to purchase land related to what they are now doing in the area .

One of these is Lonie Glieberman’s Mount Bohemia, which currently owns the land below “Base camp.” Mount Bohemia, he said, owns the shoreline it uses, as well as all of the land along Lac La Belle Road.

However, it does not own the land at the top of the mountain where some of its ski slopes are located.

“They lease it” said Molinaro. “They have 75 years of lease left and their lease allows them to do anything on this land for 75 years.”

They would love to own the property if they could purchase it, he said.

The second company is Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, owned by John Mueller. The lands that the lodge intends to acquire are to the east of the lodge property, historically built by the Works Progress Administration in the early 1930’s. These included stables and other utility structures.

“Part of this country would just be buffers.” said Molinaro, “and they offered to buy some of it.”

The third company is Rock Solid, the company that has built most of the mountain bike trails in the area. They have expressed a desire to buy the land on which some of the trails were built.

Helen Taylor, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, who also attended the meeting, said that as a practical matter, the companies that have expressed a desire to purchase these lands are part of TNC’s and DNR’s ability to pay for the proposed land purchase , but it doesn’t stop there.

While TNC and DNR are aware of community challenges such as: B. Adequate parking, affordable housing, use of hiking trails and other aspects that meet the needs of tourism, TNC hopes the whole process will help inform what is happening.

“So it’s not limited to those three[shops]that John described.” She said. “Part of what we’re trying to figure out… how we would pay for it. We do a lot of fundraising, but it’s a pretty expensive ticket.”

Currently, she said, neither TNC nor DNR have an agreement with the Rohatyn Group, which owns the woodland, but they hope to negotiate a price that all parties can agree on. Two assessments are being conducted, she said, which should be completed by the end of this month.

“And we’ll see if we can come to an agreement then.” She said.

But in trying to address the financial aspect of the purchase, she said, TNC has held discussions with the state and other government agencies to learn what they would be willing to own or buy in order for the proposal to be financially successful.

Brad Carlson, Forest Resources Division dupervisor for Unit #11 at Baraga, said that while the DNR’s purchase of approximately 9,000 acres at Keweenaw Point is under discussion, the FRD is interested in at least the eastern ones first Priority to purchase 4,000 acres, while second priority would be to acquire an additional 5,000 acres for the DNR’s Parks Division.

“But as I said” Karlsson said “As we acquire the entire 9,000 acres, we will hold meetings to see what is best for each division,” and added that both parcels had a management plan.

The land has been of great concern to many people both in Keweenaw County and beyond since AMF Real Estate, which represents TRG, announced the marketing of approximately 32,661 acres of land in the last week of June 2021.

The acreage designated as the Heartland property was listed in four separate packages as of June 28 of last year:

• The Point, approximately 10,080 GIS acres – $12,090,000

• Harbor View, approx. 5,749 GIS acres – $6,908,000

• Keweenaw, Alpine, approximately 9,769 GIS acres – $14,650,000

• Little Betsy Shoreline, approx. 7,063 GIS acres – $9,545,000

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