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      New room to roam and take in nature

      UpNorthLive's Facebook fans voted to hear more about a new nature preserve in Emmet County.

      The "neighborhood" nature preserve has been created near the village of Pellston. The Philip J. Braun Nature Preserve was officially transferred to Little Traverse Conservancy. The preserve protects 125 acres with 2,500 fee of Maple River frontage. Located within village limits, the preserve is an easy walk from downtown Pellston as well as from the adjacent Pioneer Park off Robinson Road on the west side of U.S. 31.

      "Because of its location, size, river frontage, and incredible natural beauty, this is a really special place," said Ty Ratliff, Conservancy land protection specialist. "People of all ages have come to the river at the road crossing here for years. Now this location and much of the land surrounding the river to teh southwest will be open and accessible to the public as a permanent nature preserve."

      The preserve was made possible through the work of longtime land conservationist John Woollam.

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