To protect and manage the Keweenaw Peninsula as a community forest -- sustainable ecologically, esthetically and financially for research, education, habitat preservation, jobs timber, and recreation.
Embraced on three sides by Lake Superior, Keweenaw Peninsula’s rugged hills and shores are rich with history. The discovery of bountiful natural copper deposits in this part of Michigan sparked the nation’s first copper boom in the mid-nineteenth century. For over a century, industries and investors have tapped Keweenaw’s once abundant natural resources—extracting minerals from the ground, harvesting white pine, hemlock and hardwood lumber from the forests and fish from Lake Superior.
Today, these practices have tested the Keweenaw’s natural wealth—threatening the long-term health of the landscape and the economies it supports. Recent intensive, investment-driven logging has degraded forest resources and challenges water quality. Parcelization of the vast private forests is closing areas from public use, altering the trail-based tourism economy and bringing increased second home development. Still, the Keweenaw grows some of the nation’s highest quality hardwood lumber.