Sheboygan County along with its partner, the Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC), closed on the Amsterdam Dunes property September 11, 2014. Sheboygan County officially took over the property on July 9, 2015.
The 328 acre purchase establishes a Wetland Mitigation Bank and Preservation Area. The property is located along Lake Michigan in the Town of Holland and is one of the few remaining undeveloped beach shorelines between Sheboygan and Chicago. The property contains a total of seven contiguous parcels and is comprised of rare sand dunes, forest and wetlands of various types, bluffs, farmland, streams and diverse plants and wildlife. There are over 1,500 feet of frontage along Lake Michigan, and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Raptor Research Station is directly contiguous to the property.
Sheboygan County intends to preserve the property, open it up to the public, and create a wetland mitigation bank. To that end, the County established the Amsterdam Dunes Advisory Committee to help gather input from the public on what they want to see at their new public open space. Sheboygan County is also quite thankful for all the support it has received for this project, especially the financial support it has received thus far from the Fund for Lake Michigan, US Forest Service, Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership, DATCP and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant Program to allow restoration to begin.
To confidentially and expeditiously report suspected wildlife, recreational and environmental violations please call 1-800-TIP-WDNR (800-847-9367).