Eagle Ridge Area Opened in Midland

Tribe TrusteeSaginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
State TrusteeMichigan Department of Natural Resources
State TrusteeMichigan Department of Environmental Quality
State TrusteeMichigan Office of the Attorney General

Case Name:


United States of America

Restoration Types:

Habitat Enhancement; Protection/Acquisition


Affected DOI Resources:

Threatened and Endangered Species; Migratory Birds; Recreational Use Loss




Monitoring / Completed

Project Description

A ribbon-cutting event was held on July 19, 2022, to celebrate the opening of the Eagle Ridge Nature Preserve which preserves a unique and diverse area for both wildlife and public enrichment. The 140-acre Dow-owned property adjacent to the City of Midland’s Stratford Woods Park is predominately forest and includes highly varied topography including sandy ridges and natural wetlands. Restoration work included re-connecting a wetland, control of invasive plants in several areas, and creation of a pollinator-friendly area. To provide public use of the property, nature trails, benches, and a boardwalk area were created to provide access and viewing of wetlands. Educational signage highlighting connections to the Anishinaabe peoples, wildlife, ecology, and unique topographical features was installed. The new nature area is adjacent to the existing Stratford Woods Park, allowing for easy access to public parking and facilities.

Restoration Land Ownership

The Dow Chemical Company

Parties Implementing Restoration

DOI-FWS; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Michigan Office of the Attorney General; Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; The Dow Chemical Company

DOI Project Representatives

Fish and Wildlife Service

Eagle Ridge Map, Credit: USFWS

A nature trail through the newly restored pollinator area at the Eagle Ridge Nature Preserve, Credit: USFWS

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Additional Resources

Monday's with Martha- Tour of Eagle Ridge Area


NBC News- Grand Opening Eagle Ridge Nature Area


U.S. FWS Tittabawassee River Eagle Ridge Nature Area Restoration Project



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