The Trust for Public Land (TPL) announced on September 30, 2003 that Humbug Marsh, 410 acres of marsh and upland along the Detroit River has been acquired. TPL now owns the land and will work with city, county, state and federal governments to develop a long-term conservation solution. “The vision to protect this land has evolved through a tremendous effort by many individuals and groups,” said Cynthia Whiteford, Midwest Regional Director and Vice-President of the Trust for Public Land.
The Humbug Complex is made up of Humbug Island, Humbug Marsh, and adjacent undeveloped upland habitats. It includes 410 acres of unique fish and wildlife habitats in Gibraltar and Trenton, Michigan. Humbug Marsh represents the last mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. mainland of the Detroit River. Because they are home to such a high diversity of fish and wildlife, the marshes have been identified as globally unique and significant in biological diversity – nothing like this marsh exists anywhere outside the Great Lakes.