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Teichner Preserve

A 41-acre preserve of the Leelanau Conservancy:  Open to the Public, Preserved in 1996

The Teichner Preserve: Given in Honor and Love, This Fragile, Forested Wetland Is a Gift to All Who Cherish Nature’s Intricate Web

In 1996 Martha Teichner gifted 20 acres of this land, located near Lime Lake, in honor of her parents, Hans and Miriam. Her gift has kept this fragile forested wetland intact for creatures like woodcock, grouse, and turkey that call it home. Then, in 2005, more acreage became available, and with Martha’s help, along with the Jean Raymond Family, we were able to double the size of this preserve to nearly 40 acres!

Also on the property are an enormous elm tree and chestnut tree, unique among all Leelanau Conservancy properties. Early settlers likely planted today’s giants, while later inhabitants planted an orchard that partially remains.

The swampy lowlands here are perfect for black ash and red maple. White ash and sugar maple grow in upland areas. You can also see cottonwood clones that all leaf out at the same time and have identical bark shading and patterns. In the spring, look for clone saplings that sprout in a ring around the trunk of their mother tree. Keep an eye out for broad heart-shaped leaves of basswood trees, shaggy-barked ironwood, and the interlocking diamonds on old ash trunks. Conifers such as balsam fir and hemlock abound as well. Look for tall, lacy tamarack. This unusual pine drops yellow leaves in fall, after its little purple cones turn brown.

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Scan the under story for wild rose, fuzzy white pussy toes, and the rarer fern species such as rattlesnake, interrupted, and maindenhair. Of the 13 species of rare ferns in Michigan, nine appear in Leelanau County, and many can be found in the Teichner under story. Blue flag iris also appear in the marsh.