Sturgeon River at Canyon Falls. Photo by Jim Sorbie/Flickr
Nature-based tourism is an important economic base in many communities, especially in rural places like Michigan’s famed Upper Peninsula (U.P.). For these communities, protecting land and water resources is more than good conservation: it is good business.
The Sturgeon River—a blue ribbon trout stream, and wild and scenic river—is a prime destination in the western U.P. for paddlers, hikers, nature enthusiasts and trout anglers. In 2010, we protected more than five miles along this vital waterway, connecting neighboring lands to form a continuous 30-mile stretch of public land along the river. In addition, the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600-mile hiking trail that crosses seven northern states, parallels the river for four miles.