Sylvan Solace Preserve
The oldest and most accessible of our preserves was donated in 1996 by Dr. Don and Nancy Nagler. It consists of 78 Acres in Deerfield Township, Isabella County. The north end of the preserve contains old fields rapidly transitioning to forest cover. The area contains more than 40 bluebird nest boxes that have hosted Eastern Bluebird, House Wren, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Great Crested Flycatcher, and even flying squirrel.
To find the property from Mt. Pleasant drive west on Pickard Road. The preserve is located on the south side of Pickard between Gilmore and Littlefield Roads. There is a small parking area at the north end of the preserve and 1 1/2 miles of well maintained paths are available year-round for hiking, birdwatching, cross-country skiing and similar non-destructive activities. Just a couple of hundred yards south of the parking lot you will find a butterfly garden planted in native plant species and nearby a granite marker at the Memorial Grove stands in honor of special people who have been memorialized by family and friends. The southern half of the preserve is 100 percent wooded. More than 1,700 feet of scenic viewscapes and riparian corridor along the Chippewa River are protected on the SW boundary of the preserve.