Holiday Woodlands Preserve - Winter 2019 Campaign

WHAT: Interested citizens have banded together to protect a rare pocket of wilderness within a residential neighborhood in East Bay Township, located near Traverse City, Michigan. This 80-acre parcel of land in Holiday Hills will be maintained in its natural state, free from development and open to silent recreational use by all. 

WHY: This land is unique.  It is home to more than 100 species of animals and has a variety of environmental features, including creeks, wetlands, sand dunes, artesian springs, and forested areas. Baker Creek runs through this property. Preserving this land will protect the wilderness against further development while providing space for silent recreational activities such as hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and more.

WHERE: Holiday Woodlands Preserve is located in East Bay Township near the Mount Holiday ski hill. It is integrated within the Holiday Hills neighborhood of Traverse City, Michigan, within walking distance of hundreds of families.   An access is possible along the north neighborhood boundary off of Five Mile Road.

WHEN: The land was purchased at the end of 2017 using a bank mortgage secured with a down payment funded by donations and a private loan. Fundraising is now under way to pay back this loan, make mortgage payments, and cover insurance and improvements to the property.

WHO: A group of interested citizens formed the Holiday Woodlands Preserve nonprofit and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status has been approved by the IRS, retroactive to September 25, 2017. To date, fundraising has been focused on immediate neighbors in Holiday Hills; however, a larger community effort is under way to raise the remaining funds. The preserve will be accessible to all and protected in perpetuity.

HOW: You can help preserve this land! Donations can be made tax-deductible based on the approved 501(c)(3) status, which has been conferred to the group by the IRS retroactive to September 25, 2017.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Michael McCarty
Traverse City, MI
Frank Griffiths

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