Independence Oaks County Park near Clarkston has added 186 acres of land that includes streams and bog bluegrass.

Oakland County recently announced the $2.8 million acquisition of the Upper Bushman property, which is named after a lake on the site. With the new land, the park now spans 1,274 acres. Grants are helping fund the purchase. The county says the area is important in part because it’s home to the tamarack tree cricket and the Purple Twayblade orchid.

Executive Officer Dan Stencil says the county has been eyeing the property for years. Officials plan to create recreation opportunities for fishing, non-motorized boating, cross-country skiing and hunting.

The land is expected to be available for public use in April.

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