This is the season of giving and receiving, and last week, Crossroads received a priceless gift from our friends at The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is donating the Ida Bay Forest to Crossroads at Big Creek.
The Nature Conservancy received the property as a bequest from the Ida Bay Estate in 1995 and since then has managed the site as a natural area in accordance with Mrs. Bay’s wishes. Donation of the property to Crossroads required approval from the Door County Circuit Court, and that approval was granted by Judge D. Todd Ehlers on December 13. The Conservancy’s donation of the property will come with an Endowment to be held by the Door County Community Foundation. Earnings from the Endowment will be used to allay annual costs for stewardship of the property.
The property includes a beautiful old-growth forest of large red oaks, tall pines, white cedar, hemlock, sugar maple and beech. The Ida Bay Forest will be an outstanding addition to Crossroads present landholdings. The 64.69 acre tract is bordered by Cove Road, Canal Road and Zenith Street and lies less than a mile from Crossroads’ Utah Street entrance. At their nearest points the properties are separated by only a quarter mile.
Crossroads is exceedingly grateful to the Conservancy for this gift. After several years of talks and planning it is exciting to see our joint efforts coming to fruition. Crossroads will continue to maintain the site as a natural area, open for nature study and quiet recreation.