December 2, 2019

LeFurge Nature Preserve


The LeFurge Nature Preserve is a small habitat managed by the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SLC) just north of Ypsilanti and east of Ann Arbor. At this time of year, there wasn't much wildlife activity. The trails wander through some wooded areas, farmland, and marshy areas. The wetlands are restoration projects rather than true wetlands and consist of standard constructed ponds surrounded by grasses, thistles, and cattails.

The trails in LeFurge are part of a larger trail system (The Superior Greenway Nature Trail) and connect to other preserves to the north. Several sections of the trail were wet and muddy. They look to be well traveled and are a clayey soil (as one might expect). There are a few sections of boardwalk and should probably be more.

After LeFurge I went a little bit further north to the Kosch-Headwaters Preserve managed by Washtenaw County. The interesting thing on this trail was a recently dead deer about 8 feet off the path. Seemed pretty odd. I didn't examine very closely but it didn't look like any natural cause. If I had been somewhere else, I would say it was wounded and got away from a hunter, but I don't know that there is any hunting in that area.

Superior Greenway Nature Trail Map

These trails move through 4 different preserve areas managed by the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC) and Washtenaw County.

Kosch-Headwaters Preserve Trail Map