Lawrence University puts Door County land in trust

Bjorklunden (Photo courtesy Lawrence University)

DOOR COUNTY (WLUK) -- The longest stretch of privately owned undeveloped shoreline along Lake Michigan will stay that way forever.

That's the result of an easement agreement signed Thursday between Lawrence University and the Door County Land Trust.

The land was a gift from the Boynton family to Lawrence University in 1963.

The area, known as Bjorklunden, is located in Door County south of Bailey's Harbor and includes 441 acres.

Thursday's deal means 305 acres will remain in its natural state in perpetuity.

Mark Burstein, the president of Lawrence University, says conversations with the land trust became more focused over the past year-and-a-half.

The area is often referred to as Lawrence's "second campus," and provides a learning environment that many students have used over the years.

But it's also been made available to the public, and that won't change.

"We will continue to have it open to the public. We think about this campus both from the community perspective, the Lawrence community but also the larger Door County and Wisconsin community and making sure it's available and open to people to explore," Burstein said.

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