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Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy conserves natural land and open space -- including forests, wetlands, meadows, agricultural lands, and places of scenic beauty -- to provide habitat for wildlife and to enrich the lives of people.

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SMLC Local Chapter:
Superior Township Chapter


SMLC's Red Barn Bash

When: Saturday, October 28th

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets: $100 per person Click here to register online

Where: The Young’s historic Barn, in rural Superior Township (address will be provided after registration)

Join SMLC and friends as we Take a Walk on the Wild Side in the Superior Greenway! Our biennial Red Barn Bash is always a good time with delicious food, fun entertainment, a Silent Auction, and a celebration of local conservation accomplishments.

You can help SMLC make this year’s event wildly successful. Please plan to join the party, dressed up in your favorite animal, plant or other fun costume (optional), and invite your friends!

Event Sponsorships are appreciated and welcome! Click here to see our Sponsors

Corporate Sponsorship Flier

Individual Sponsorship Flier

For more event information contact or 734-484-6565

For 2023 Red Barn Bash News and Updates, click here



Give to SMLC

"Southeast Michigan: a beautiful place where people and nature
coexist in healthy, sustainable balance."

SMLC's vision statement expresses how we feel about this special place we call home. Preserving natural areas and farmlands is good for all of us. SMLC is doing our part: more than 3,400 acres have been protected in this region through our efforts. You too can do your part by giving to SMLC.

To make a safe and secure online donation to SMLC, click here

To download a printable form you can mail to our office along with your personal check made payable to "Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy" click here 

You can continue the momentum and help SMLC become even stronger:

Click here to read SMLC's latest appeal letter (PDF)

Click here to read our Spring 2023 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

Light streaming through the canopy of Lefurge Woods

LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve, Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County.
Photo by Mark Even.

Michigan's Forest-to-MiFaucet Initiative

Does your drinking water come from a well, river or lake? Find out at

Forests are the best land use to provide clean drinking water.

  • Permanent vegetation slows water velocity from the sky and along ground
  • Undisturbed soils and leaf layer reduce runoff and erosion
  • Forests regulate timing and magnitude of stream flow
  • Minimal infrastructure and impermeable surfaces
  • Infrequent and small chemical spills
  • Soil and vegetation filter pollutants

SMLC is one of 12 grant recipients of the DNR’s Forest-to-MiFaucet Initiative funded by the USDA Forest Service / National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

SMLC’s grant work will:

  • empower landowners to manage/conserve their woodlands
  • contribute our share of the DNR goal to plant 60,000 trees in forest riparian zones, and
  • educate the public about how forests contribute to their drinking water quality.

Learn more at




Conservancy Farm Restoration Project

The 2022 Conservancy Farm Restoration Project was successfully completed this past September. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program project leverages almost $31,000 in federal funding.

Project partners are Ducks Unlimited and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Results are an enhanced 12.5 acres of emergent wetland and newly restored 30.2 acres of native upland prairie that are located at the site of former agricultural fields.

Conservancy Farm Prairie Wildflowers
Photo by Joel Geffen.

The project benefits as determined by SMLC’s Stewardship Committee include:

• Buffering 69 acres of existing woodlands – local wildlife habitat will increase from 109 acres to 138 contiguous acres

• Increasing grassland birds nesting and migration habitat

• Providing resources for pollinators and other insects

• Increased water quality in the area due to perennial native vegetation (reduces erosion, chemical runoff and sedimentation of nearby waterways) Desired outcomes include:

• A thriving local population of native insects, amphibians, birds and other wildlife that rely on grasslands and wetlands as part of their life cycle

• An increase in migrating birds using the site

• A more pleasant experience for the Farm’s trail users

SMLC’s 2022 Award Recipients

At SMLC’s recent Summer Celebration event, we honored the following organization and individuals for their outstanding support of SMLC and local land conservation during 2022 and the past few years. Due to the pandemic we were unable to award some of these before now — we are pleased to present them now:

Peter Blank accepting the Organizational Award on behalf of The Nature Conservancy-Ohio
Photo by Joel Geffen.


The Nature Conservancy-Ohio: Organizational Award (for ongoing Sibley Prairie project funding and support)

Mary Ericson: Board Award—Outgoing President (Term: 2017-2020)

Bryan Collett: Board Award—Outgoing Director (for 6 or more years of continuous service)

Shawn Severance: Volunteer of the Year 2022 (Stewardship Committee Chairperson, Stewardship Support)

Cathy Bach: Volunteer of the Year 2021 (Superior Township Chapter Member, Project Leader)

Robert Moll: Volunteer of the Year 2020 (Nature Preserve Watcher, Photographer)


Light streaming through the canopy of Lefurge Woods

Local Chapter News:

Superior Township Chapter

The Superior Township Chapter is dedicated to supporting SMLC's conservation efforts in Superior Township.

Click here to read the 2022 Superior Township Chapter Update Newsletter(color PDF).

See the Calendar of Events below for Superior Township Chapter and SMLC events, posted as they are scheduled.

For more information about the Superior Township Chapter, click here or contact Brenda Baker at or Bill Secrest at (734) 482-5957

Downy Woodpecker

Lots of Downy Woodpeckers make Superior Township their home. Photo by Charles Scott

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