L B Acres
Convis Township, Calhoun County, Michigan
Conservation Area: LB Acres – 13.4 Acres
Location: Convis Township, Section 27
Parcesl: 08-272-027-01 and 08-272-027-02
Street Address: 15800 N Drive North, Marshall, MI 49068
Conservation Area Description
LB Acres consists of a pond, wooded areas and upland with a pole barn on the property. At one time a peat harvest business was operated on the property.
Education and Research
LB Acres is located in close proximity to the Cornwell’s Turkey Farm, Convis Township Hall, and Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. During spring and fall, Sandhill cranes and an abundance of waterfowl can be viewed on the property or flying overhead during peak migration. .
Rotational timber harvests to manage properties are conducted periodically. There have been no timber harvests on LB Acres by the CCD.
Hunting Lease Rights
LB Acres is leased yearly from October 1st to January 31st for private hunting. During this time, visitors are not allowed to hike on the property for reasons of safety.
The name for the property was in respect to Larry B. Smith, who had acquired the property in 1992 and donated the two parcels to Calhoun Conservation District in 2005. Mr. Smith lived out of state in Illinois, but visited relatives in Michigan while growing up. The generosity of Larry & Hildi Smith with their property donation continues to impact stewardship and nature conservation today.
During the winter of 2011, an ice storm throughout the area created wide spread damage to woodlands and properties in the area. The roof and siding of the pole barn was damaged after a large oak tree fell on the building. Extensive repairs were done to the pole barn and property.