Greater Sibley Prairie Complex
Greater Sibley Prairie Complex, is one of the largest and
highest quality lake-plain prairie remnants in the Great Lakes
Region. This tract of land was recently assessed in the Michigan
Natural Features Inventory as a globally revered habitat and
is home to 177 native plants, grasses and flowers that have
been identified, including threatened and endangered species.
Sibley Prairie is part of the Detroit River watershed. Its
wetlands are a significant groundwater recharge area which
drains into Brownstown Creek, the Bakely Drain and Marsh Creek,
connecting to the Detroit River downstream from Humbug Marsh.
This pristine area is threatened by ongoing development. 160,000
acres of lake-plain prairies existed in Michigan historically.
Now it's down to about 1000 and most of it is in Wayne County,
particularly in Brownstown Township. Our intention is to create
a nature preserve or park because this environmentally sensitive
area needs to be protected for quality of life in the Downriver
community and for the health of the Detroit River ecosystem.
It will take a concerted effort
from the Downriver community to make this happen. If you are
interested in dedicating the prairie as a nature preserve,
please contact Mary LaFrance, Sierra Club of Southeast Michigan
Conservation Committee, 734-282-6935 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).