From Grazing To Gazing

Fifty years ago, Forbes and Martha Merkley ran a successful dairy farm just a few minutes east of downtown Flint, Mich. It was a magnificent spread of land, a gently rolling landscape with open meadows, mature forests, wetlands, and ponds. In the 1960s GeneseeCounty commissioners were looking for property to convert to parkland, and the Merkleys were making plans to retire. It was the perfect partnership. The Merkleys donated 383 acres to the county with instructions for its development; the …


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