A grassroots effort to save 40 acres of lakeshore and forests at the south end of Big Green Lake is close to realizing its dream.

The sale of Camp Grow — which spent its last summer as a youth camp this year — has reached a verbal agreement between its ownership and the conservation-minded hopeful investors led by two local groups.

Green Lake Conservancy Vice President of Conservation Tom Eddy said that earlier this month the two sides reached a tentatively agreed-upon price of $3.75 million, an amount the Conservancy board approved unanimously Monday.

But a few important boxes still need to be checked to make it official.

The pledge drive, launched by the Conservancy in September, is mere inches away from scoring a $2-million touchdown. In close partnership with the Green Lake Sanitary District, the Conservancy has gathered nearly $1.8 million to date in pledges from more than 400 private citizens and businesses.

“The Conservancy and the sanitary district, we’ve been partners for 22 years now,” Eddy said. “Identifying these environmentally sensitive properties and working together to acquire those, we do that for the common good.”

“It’s been an unbelievable experience to see the community come together in literally a four-month time period to raise $1.75 million,” sanitary district Administrator Charlie Marks said.

Read the full story, including the final steps that need to happen to complete the purchase, in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.