By Tim Kowols
The Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest Area nearly doubled in size Friday with the announcement of an almost 362 acre purchase by the Nature Conservancy. Thanks in part to donors and grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the new land will help connect areas that were formerly isolated by other parcels. The Nature Conservancy’s Northeast Wisconsin Director of Conservation Nicole Van Helzen says expanding the natural area also helps the animals calling the forest home.
Van Helzen says volunteers will work for the next several months to get the area ready for public access by Memorial Day.