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Duff Homestead and Bayfront Preserve Development Updates

Things are moving along with our new Duff Homestead and Bayfront Preserve development. Benches are out front, the home is being transformed into offices and visitor contact station, and now we are working on a small birding trail for the 2 acre woods.

The Put-in-Bay Township Park District received a grant from the Park District of Ottawa County Parks and Trails Improvement program that includes $44,336.50 of funding for a new handicapped accessible entrance for the Visitor Contact Station as well as the creation for a new birding trail in the woods off Lakeview. It will include the mulching fencing, signage, and a bicycle rack for the  new birding area as well as junk removal from the woods. We really appreciate their generous support of our preserves!

Large items have been removed by contractor Mark Lekanka.

A trail has been cut, signs, bicycle rack, and fencing have been ordered. 

 LEIC member Casey Carty has made two nice Leopold benches for birdwatchers that will be placed on site. We hope to plant some additional native trees and wildflowers at the boundary with Cooper’s Land later this spring.

The Put-in-Bay Township Park District were also the recipients of a $3,000 Shores and Islands Ohio Destination Development Grant for the Duff Homestead and Bayfront Preserve. This grant will pay for a bicycle rack, an exhibit on mussels and the rest will go toward gravel and grading the entrance and brochure racks at the new Visitor Contact Station at Duff Homestead on State Route 357 later this spring. We are fortunate to receive funding from this source! Additional funds may be needed but we have a good start.

All of these granting agencies will be recognized on a plaque with other donors at the entrance door with other donors to the restoration/adaptation of the Duff Homestead into a Visitor Contact Station/office space.

Lisa Brohl, Chair

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy