Keweenaw Land Trust to hold Land Jam

SOUTH RANGE – For the second year, the Keweenaw Land Trust will hold a concert to raise money for its efforts to preserve some of the area’s most scenic natural sites.

The Land Jam will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the South Range Hall in South Range. Bands include What the Folk?, Adam Kentala and Tony Laux, Keweenaw Brewgrass, and Homestead. Tickets are $10 per person.

The event began last year as the Dam Jam, so named for the Keweenaw Land Trust’s project to purchase a 10-acre parcel including the upper portion of the Hungarian Falls and a historic dam. The KLT purchased the land in October.

Executive Director Evan McDonald said they hope to raise about $5,000 through the night, all of which will go towards the KLT’s land protection fund.

“These are monies that we use to buy nature areas,” McDonald said.

The KLT is looking to complete the Pilgrim River Community Forest this year, part of a larger project on the Pilgrim River.

Other conservation priorities include the Lightfoot Bay Coastal Wetlands Preserve on the Point Abbaye Peninsula, as well as work with the City of Houghton to expand the Mason Nature Area.

The Land Jam complements the KLT’s other fundraiser, the Horsetail Scramble, held in July. That raises money for the stewardship fund, which covers care and maintenance of already purchased lands.

In addition to the music, people will also be able to learn more about the KLT’s projects; McDonald said there will also be a slideshow with the protected lands. They will also be able to buy a variety of local and regional beers. Snacks will be provided, though people are also encouraged to bring their own to share.

After last year’s event, McDonald said, many people told him it was the most fun they’d had at a fundraiser.

“It was high-energy, and meeting new people, and new music,” he said. “It’s pretty hard to beat.”

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