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Jay Vinekeeper
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Torch Lake area ECHO Tree Farm   Northern Lower Michigan

A unique upland property north of Bellaire is offered for new ownership.

Consists of 80 acres with exceptional SUGAR MAPLE stands (35 acres) and highly managed pine plantations (14 blocks and 25 acres).
The pines were planted in 1969-1971 and now stand 60 feet tall and up to 14 inches in diameter. The size is ideal for log cabins or lodges with enough timber scheduled for prescription thinning to build a whole campus or village.

There are approximately 18,000 total trees of useful size with 7,000 currently available for thinning. 
All plantations have been pruned and thinned and cleaned of hardwood competition with harvestable mulch and compost beds yielding about 50 tons of compost a year on a sustainable basis.

Most pine blocks have been subject to a rake and low-intensity burn program to eliminate competition and to facilitate the introduction of "bio-char" and potash to fertilize the trees, improve and increase the soils, and produce the highest quality potting soils.  Proprietary techniques are included.

Excellent trails allow easy access throughout the estate with many potential building sites.  There is a new deep well and a 24' Pacific Yurt, insulated and with an Amish wood cookstove for cooking and winter comfort.

Located in Echo Township of Antrim County just east of Intermediate and Torch Lake on a SCENIC ROAD.  Has 1320 frontage feet on a paved county road with priority snow plow attention.  Sits on bicyclist preferred road with some 10,000 bikes passing the site each year.

Owners are retiring, but will remain in the area for consultation and caretaking if needed.

This site would hold many camps comfortably.  It has been used for research into perennial polyculture and permacultural systems.

The value of the pine timber to be thinned is estimated at $252,000 as cabin logs.  There is standing sugar maple timber worth approximately $50,000.  The pine timber includes high quality sawlogs and timber framing.

An operational natural gas well is on the property and mineral rights will be included in this sale.

Five miles from a jet class airport.  Terrific kayak and canoe country with 60 miles of the chain-of-lakes right at hand.  Lots of whitetail deer and wild turkey.  Wild herb and mushroom forage is the best.

Development potential for an ecological village.  Surrounded by farm, orchard and timber lands and crystal clear lakes.

Good for horses and humans too.

Come see it.  Questions are welcome.

All for $430,000.  May consider dividing.  Terms possible.

Contact vinekeeper@forestfarm.org
 
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