Project Status


  • A bulletin DNR announces $550,000 Forest Legacy Program grant for Houghton County project was released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on March 2, 2016.
  • An article Congress Fails to Fund Local Conservation (PART 1, PART 2) was published in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on November 9, 2015.
  • An article Keweenaw Land Trust celebrates purchase of forest site was published in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on September 12, 2014.
  • An article Benishek visits watershed project was published in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on August 13, 2014.
  • An article Fundraising efforts continue for conservation easements was published in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on July 26, 2013.
  • Thomas Page's Eagle Scout project to mark the Pilgrim River Trails was highlighted in an article Marking the Way in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on January 5, 2013.
  • An article entitled Closer to Goal - Funds for conservation easements raised was published in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on December 24, 2012.
  • April 2012 - The new South Loop Hiking & Biking Trail opens, thanks to the hard work of the Keweenaw Trails Alliance.
  • The article Watershed fundraising effort halfway to goal by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on February 7, 2012
  • The Pilgrim River Watershed Project was mentioned in an article in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on December 14, 2011
  • The article Township gets Pilgrim River management plan update by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on December 13, 2011
  • The article Save the Pilgrim! by Dennis Walikainen appeared in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of the Michigan Tech Magazine on December 8, 2011
  • The article Conservancy Group Receives $20K by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on October 4, 2011
  • The article Fundraising Ongoing for Pilgrim River Easement Property by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on July 27, 2011.
  • The article County Board Gets Pilgrim River Watershed Update by Garrett Neese appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette on June 15, 2011.
  • The article Keeping the Pilgrim River clean by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on November 26, 2010.
  • A new 3.5 mile hiking and biking trail has been established on the east end of the property, as the beginnings of a trail system that will eventually travel the length of the property. This project was organized by the Keweenaw Trails Alliance.
  • Organized by Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CCCTU) and Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU), the first two of six macroinvertebrate studies were completed in May and October, documenting water quality and habitat. The next study is planned for Spring 2011.
  • CCCTU wrapped up its 2010 summertime fish habitat enhancement projects on the Pilgrim River. To learn more about work bees, visit www.coppercountrytu.org for more information.
  • A front page article on the project written by Kurt Hauglie appeared in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) on July 20, 2010.
  • Houghton County pledges support of the project. Details in the Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton) of May 12, 2010.
  • A Fundraising Committee has been established. Composed of members from the partner organizations, it meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to fundraising activities.

Steps in Progress

  • Identify community interests and concerns
  • Involve stakeholders and user groups
  • Refine project details - costs, easement terms, and partner roles
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness & public benefits of a successful project
  • Identify funding sources and secure needed local matching funds