As part of the ongoing work to restore The Highlands to a natural landscape, there are a few projects that will begin in the upcoming weeks! For years, a pipe buried beneath The Highlands has been sending water into Indian Mill Creek, a tributary to the Grand River. Raising this waterflow to the surface, or “daylighting” the stream, will slow down the rush of water and improve the water quality of both Indian Mill Creek and the Grand River. In addition to daylighting the stream, fencing along the border of The Highlands will be removed to ensure wildlife can easily access the restored habitat.
While we are excited about these upcoming projects, we would like to inform our visitors that it may be noisy at times, portions of trails will be closed, and the area may look less natural before it transforms into the healthy landscape we are working towards. We appreciate your patience as The Highlands continues to become a thriving natural space!
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Land Conservancy of West Michigan and The Highlands
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