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Michigan People Working to Protect Our Natural Areas

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A view of the waters of Little Traverse Bay. Image by abarndweller at

A view of the waters of Little Traverse Bay. Image by abarndweller at

According to Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservancies, land conservancies are “community-based, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the permanent protection and stewardship of natural and working lands for the public good. Land conservancies are positioned to act swiftly and professionally to help landowners and communities protect the places important to us all—open spaces that define our sense of place, connect us to the natural world, and provide real services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and sources of food and timber.”

Land conservancies stop open land from being developed. They help to create nature preserves and parkland. They raise money to buy land suited for conservation. Heart of the Lakes provides an umbrella structure that ties together the various conservancies throughout Michigan through work, educational, and information sharing.

There are approximately 24 local land conservancies and 6 state-wide (or national) groups here in Michigan. If you have an interest in conserving natural areas, consider contacting the conservancy near you to learn how to volunteer or donate.

Blue Water Land Conservancy
Cadillac Area Land Conservancy
Chikaming Open Lands
Chippewa Watershed Conservancy
Dahlem Conservancy
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Great Lakes Bioregional Land Conservancy
Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy
Headwaters Land Conservancy
Keweenaw Land Trust
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
Leelanau Conservancy
Legacy Land Conservancy
Little Forks Conservancy
Little Traverse Conservancy
Livingston Land Conservancy
Mid-Michigan Land Conservancy
North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy
Raisin Valley Land Trust
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy

Land Trust Alliance-Midwest   (based in Washington, DC)
Michigan Karst Conservancy   (relates to caves, sinkholes, and crevasses in limestone)
Michigan Natural Areas Council   (advisory and educational body and does not own land)
Michigan Nature Association   (protection of special natural areas to protect the rare and endangered plants and animals)
The Conservation Fund   (based in Arlington, VA, balance environmental/economic goals through collaboration with local groups and governments)
The Nature Conservancy in Michigan    (has a focus on the Great Lakes ecosystem)


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