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The Town of Grafton’s hiking and riding trail fits with its enlightened approach to open space protection and deserves residents’ support

A 15-mile trail through the countryside connecting natural areas and parks for walkers and horseback riders is just what you would expect from the Town of Grafton, a once-agricultural township that has become a leader in the preservation of environmentally significant open space in Ozaukee County.

The Town of Grafton was instrumental in the Lion’s Den Nature Preserve, working with Ozaukee County and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust to create a nature park of dramatic topography and sea views on the shore of Lake Michigan. The nature trail that will eventually run the length of the township is in keeping with that vision.

The Lion’s Den land east of County Highway C three miles south of Port Washington could have been a luxury home development. That was in the offing, and it certainly would have inflated the town’s tax base, but at the expense of denying public access to some of the last undeveloped lakeshore land in the county.

Read the whole story at the Ozaukee Press http://www.ozaukeepress.com/editorials/2914-the-anxiety-of-sharing-nature