Emmet County Conservation Board director Eric Anderson told the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Thursday the Nature Center will be paid off June 11.
The final payment of $29,099.76 will come from $19,099.67 in Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) money and $10,000 in trust money.
Anderson also noted the Nature Center had received a donation of 500 Native American artifacts.
County naturalist Jenna Pollock showed Emmet County Nature Center Foundation members a nature diorama made by North Union Art Club students under direction of their instructor, J.S. Speltz.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
Naturalist Jenna Pollock gave a tour of displays in the Nature Center basement, including a diorama made by North Union Art Club students.
In other business, Pollock noted good attendance at the recent Big Weekend, with over 60 for lunch and some remaining for the Bigfoot program.
Anderson said volunteers were needed for 10 open dates this summer.
After discussion, the board agreed to limit Nature Center rental to environmental education programs.
In the Emmet County Conservation Board meeting that followed, the board addressed a number of campground concerns expressed by Travis Nielsen of Ringsted. A main issue Nielsen expressed was poles beside the camping pads and the narrowness of the pads.
Anderson said once the pads are established the poles will no longer be an issue. As to Nielsen's suggestions for weekend activities, said Anderson, "Almost everything on your list we are now doing." Anderson also noted the board had limited funds and couldn't do everything that Nielsen suggested.
The board thanked Nielsen for coming to them with his concerns.
The board gave Anderson authority to secure outbuildings at Peterson Point.
Reviewing the end of this year's budget, Anderson said the board "should be okay" with camping revenues helping to meet anticipated expenses.
Anderson noted a good Memorial Day camping weekend, and the board also discussed plans for Web page improvement.