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$100,000 Acme Shoreline Challenge Grant Awarded by Carls Foundation Grant Will Match Local Donations, Dollar for Dollar

March 15, 2010 | Traverse City Regional Land Conservancy | MI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Traverse City, MI  — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and Acme Township have announced the awarding of a 1:1 challenge grant from The Carls Foundation in support of the Acme Shoreline Preservation Initiative. The grant will match, dollar for dollar, donations from individuals and other foundations to protect shoreline properties as part of Phase One of the shoreline project. The project will greatly increase public access to Acme Township’s prized Lake Michigan shoreline along a mile-long stretch south of the intersection of M-72 and US-31, at the gateway to the Grand Traverse region.

Phase One of the township's Shoreline Initiative includes the purchase of three properties adjacent to the existing Bayside Park near the M-72 / U.S. 31 intersection. The three properties are Willow Beach, Knollwood, and Shoreside Inn. The properties cover nearly 4 acres of land and will provide over 540’ of frontage on Lake Michigan and provide for recreational opportunities including shoreline fishing, wildlife viewing, day use areas for picnicking and a swimming beach. The cost of the three parcels is $4,008,000. Acme Township was awarded 75% of needed funds – $3,006,000 – in competitive Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant support, conditional on the Township securing $1 million in matching funds by June 1, 2010. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, who is coordinating negotiations with the landowners partnering on this initiative, is also managing the private fundraising efforts to secure the $1 million. A total of $285,000 is still needed - by June 1st - to meet the match requirement for the Trust Fund grant for Phase One.

“The Carls Foundation challenge grant means that every dollar that comes in from the community will be matched 1:1, up to $100,000. Gifts of any size are appreciated and will literally have a lasting impact on the landscape and character of the gateway to the Grand Traverse region. Everyone in the community will be able to enjoy access to the new beachfront,” commented Acme Township Supervisor Wayne Kladder.
Communities throughout Michigan are increasingly realizing that preserving and featuring their best natural assets - their productive farms, their shoreline, their beaches, their dunes, and their riverfronts – can be a key to future prosperity.

Megan Olds, Associate Director of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy commented, “The Carls Foundation is a state-wide foundation based in Detroit, but with a long history of supporting conservation across Michigan and in the Grand Traverse region. Their support adds to the generous gifts from individuals and local foundations like Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the Oleson Foundation, and the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, and really speaks to the broad significance of the project.”


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How to help

Donations can be made directly to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Checks should be made out to GTRLC – write Acme Shoreline project in the memo line of the check. You can also donate online at www.gtrlc.org. For information about how to make a stock transfer gift or to explore other giving options, including multi-year pledges, contact Megan Olds at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.


Contacts

Wayne Kladder, Acme Township Supervisor, (231) 938-1350
Paul Brink, Acme Shoreline Preservation Committee Co-chair, (989) 430-6946
Pat Salathiel, Acme Shoreline Preservation Committee Co-chair, (231) 938-2128
Megan Olds, Associate Director, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, (231) 929-7911, molds@gtrlc.org


Acme Shoreline Protection Initiative Background

In 2006, a broad-based group of Acme Township Shoreline Advisory Committee members, elected and appointed officials, shoreline landowners, regional foundation and agency representatives and state legislators developed a Plan to open Acme’s waterfront. They agreed on the goal of reclaiming and preserving the shoreline for public use in order to:
• Offer public access to scarce waterfront shoreline
• Showcase the natural beauty of Acme Township by opening viewscapes and providing a scenic gateway to Traverse City
• Boost tourism creating a more robust local economy
• Enhance quality of life for Acme Township residents and those who visit
• Encourage non-motorized transportation by connecting to existing amenities, such as the nearby TART trail

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