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U.S. Silica Donates Land to Preserve Historic Road

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, June 26, 2017

A road made of tree trunks laid across swampland and dating back to the War of 1812 is being preserved along with 95 acres of wetland at the mouth of the Huron River through a new partnership between U.S. Silica Holdings Inc., the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Maryland-based supplier of industrial minerals, which owns 95 acres of coastal wetlands in southern Wayne County, has entered a cooperative management agreement for conservation of the fish and wildlife, U.S. Silica was to announce Monday.

To preserve the quarter-mile of what is called a corduroy road, the company is donating two acres of land to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe.

The road tells the history of Michigan dating back before it was a state and bears witness to the relocation of Great Lakes native nations, according to the release. It followed Native American trading routes and stretched more than 200 miles linking Ohio to the Post of Detroit in Michigan (now downtown Detroit), according to the release.

Conservation efforts under the agreement will include invasive species management, wildlife habitat management, ecological inventories and monitoring, the release said.

Learn more about the park and its history at

Tags:  National Park Service  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  U.S. Silica 

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