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Sheboygan County Board approves $4M preservation of Amsterdam Dunes

TOWN OF HOLLAND, WI (WTAQ) - Sheboygan County will spend over $4 million to preserve one of the last undeveloped stretches of beaches and dunes on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

The County Board has unanimously agreed to buy and protect 333 acres near Cedar Grove in the town of Holland. It's called the Amsterdam Dunes -- a patchwork of dunes, forests, bluffs, and ridges that borders Lake Michigan for over 1,900 feet.

The American Heritage Company is selling the site, and the deal is expected to be finalized by August 1st.

Sheboygan county will set up walking trails to provide public access. It will also seek outside help in paying for the land -- including a possible state Stewardship grant which could cover up to half the property's appraised value.

Officials said they could seek funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and perhaps sell a couple of narrow parcels to nearby homeowners.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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