Chikaming Open Lands is the local land conservancy dedicated to preserving the open spaces and natural rural character of southwest Berrien County.
We protect and restore native plant and animal habitat in the area, improve water quality in our rivers, streams and in Lake Michigan, and permanently preserve ecologically significant forests, prairies and wetlands, as well as prime farmland and other open spaces in this community.
We are so pleased to announce that on March 17, Chikaming Open Lands closed on a 144-acre conservation easement on the Zeiger Centennial Farm, thanks in part to the USDA's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), The Pokagon Fund, and the Zeiger family. The property, which includes prime agricultural soil, woodlands and a section of Deer Creek, is now preserved as farmland in perpetuity. It also represents the first FRPP project completed in this area.
Check out this great front-page story on the project and the Zeiger family in the April 11 edition of The Harbor Country News. It is a fantastic piece of land, with a wonderful story behind it. We couldn't be more excited and proud to be able to protect it