Some hardwood forest near the Big and Little Marsh State Natural Area is now under the protection of the Door County Land Trust. The organization purchased the 20-acre parcel from private owners. That brings its total Washington Island holdings to 721-acres. The new protected site is home to stands of maple and beech trees. Land Trust Director of Charitable Giving, Cinnamon Rossman says the forest land and the nearby marshland are a haven for wildlife and endangered plants.
The acquisition of the 20-acre hardwood stand now connects with other conservation land and forms a protected corridor of forest and wetlands.