Chuck and Judy Koenn have protected 190 acres of farmland, woods, and wetland in Sylvan Township, Washtenaw County, through the Wasthenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Natural Areas Protection Program. Legacy is proud to provide staff time for the farmland protection aspect of that program.
A permanent conservation agreement on 110 acres of the Koenn farm guarantees that land will never be developed for non-farming uses, and it remains private property. Next door to that protected farmland is the new 80-acre Herman L. Koenn Preserve. The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission purchased this unique property to permanently protect diverse wetland habitats, including a blueberry bog. The new public preserve will open when trails and a parking area are complete.