Group Nearing Fundraising Goal for Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve

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 06/28/2016 - 01:28
Spring Brook (top) flows into the Saline River at what will become the Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve

The Friends of the Saline River are looking for a few more donations to reach a fundraising goal needed to convert the old Berg property to a nature preserve.

Last year David Rhoads purchased property along the Saline River in York and Saline townships. Once owned by the late Charlie Berg, the property is mostly undisturbed. Today the City of Saline, City of Milan and York Township, with the help of the Friends of the Saline River, are planning to turn the property into a nature and wildlife preserve.

It will be named for the late Leslee Niethammer, Rhoads' late wife and longtime director of the Saline District Library.

The preserve is part of a shared vision for recreation and exploration along the river that links the communities. There are also plans to clean logs and trees from the river so that it might be navigable for canoeists. Officials have also spoken with the DNR about acquiring an easement that would link the preserve to Salt Springs Park. 

The Friends of the Saline River set a $108,000 fundraising goal for the project. About $50,000 will be used to remove man-made structures from the property. Approximately $60,000 will be used to purchase the property from Rhoads.

To date, the friends are about $3,000 short of their goal.

People can donate to the project by clicking this Paypal link.


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