Near Metamora in Lapeer County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Welcome to Sutherland Nature Sanctuary
In the 1960s, Doris Sutherland had a vision, to preserve this land as a sanctuary. This property, adjacent to the Sutherland family farm on Pratt Road, had been a working farm and logged for a century. Doris and a handful of volunteers planted trees, developed walking trails, and built a pavilion. As you see today, this land has become a beautiful sanctuary. It was dedicated as the Sutherland Nature Sanctuary on Earth Day 1999. Following the dedication, Doris gifted the sanctuary to the Great Lakes Bioregional Land Conservancy, now known as the Lapeer Land Conservancy.
The Sutherland Nature Sanctuary provides over three miles of walking trails with maps and directional arrows along the way. The trails include wetland habitats, ponds, and forest streams. Identification signs for trees and wildflowers provide descriptions revealing the diversity of this forest. Take a moment to relax on the benches or use the swing for reflection and birdwatching. Over the years, groups of dedicated volunteers have maintained the trails, constructed boardwalks, and built bridges. You are welcome to join us with ongoing projects: wetland and prairie
This mature forest if abundant with stands of hardwoods, dominated by white oak, hickory, maple, and beech. There is a wet forest habitat with red and silver maples, maturing spruce, and both red and white pine tracts. Not all the trees have been planted by hand; some of the healthiest parts are where mature trees have naturally grown back. Natural wetlands are dotted with cattails, sedge, dogwood, and willows. These forest habitats support mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Growing beneath the canopy is an array of wildflowers, including trout lily, white trillium, May apple, spring beauty, yellow lady's slipper, wild geranium, and marsh marigolds. Ferns are abundant throughout, especially cinnamon fern and evergreen woodfern. In honor of Doris, over 17 species of wildflowers were planted at the front of the sanctuary in 2014.
This sign was installed by Lapeer Land Conservancy and funded by the Lapeer County Community Foundation.
Erected by Lapeer Land Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1999.
Location. 42° 56.514′ N, 83° 22.758′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3960 Diehl Road, Metamora MI 48455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ortonville Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Ortonville World War I Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Ortonville Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Amos Orton's Grist Mill (approx. 7.1 miles away); Mann School (approx. 7.1 miles away); Marguerite deAngeli Branch Library (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lapeer Public Library (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Tuttle House (approx. 8.4 miles away).
1. Lapper Land Conservancy
According to the Six Rivers Land Conservancy's website, "In 2019, Lapeer Land Conservancy dissolved and merged with Six Rivers Land Conservancy. Lapeer Land Conservancy, formally known as the Great Lakes Bioregional Land Conservancy, was founded in 1994 to help preserve farmland and open spaces through education and conservation in Lapeer County."
— Submitted September 19, 2022, by Joel
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.