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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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SUCCESS - Tractor for Land Conservation

Thanks to YOU, we've successfully raised enough funds to purchase our dream machine! No more used and borrowed equipment. This new tractor will help us maintain our many nature preserves for native wildlife and you to enjoy. We've got trails to mow, parking lots to maintain, habitat to restore, and a number of other projects that are now possible with this new tractor.

Many thanks to all who gave, and an extra special thanks to Kubota, Boullion Sales, and our matching donor for their help and generous contributions to our cause. Land conservation really does take all of us, and we can all add this to our list of collaborative successes. Come out to the Conservancy Farm soon to see our new machine in action. Again, THANK YOU!!!

Rare Grassland Birds at Conservancy Farm

SMLC is thrilled to report a number of rare grassland bird species have taken up residence in the grassland at the Conservancy Farm. Bobolinks, Dickcissel, Sedge Wrens, and the state-endangered Henslow's Sparrow have been seen and heard throughout the breeding season this year. Less than 1% of Michigan's native prairie remains in the state, so we're thrilled to see our management efforts provide them with suitable habitat. Historically, the grassland has been maintained as a hay field harvested by local farmers. With the arrival of these special birds, however, we have postponed mowing of the fields until September to give them a safe haven to finish breeding and increase their populations.

The Conservancy Farm is open for all to enjoy dawn to dusk, so please come out to see these special birds... but hurry, they'll be headed south for the winter soon! Stop in the SMLC office to say hi and get some birding tips from staff.

Downy WoodpeckerHenslow's Sparrow at the Conservancy Farm. Photo by Andy Dettling.

Preserve and Trail Access Information by Site:

Get out and enjoy nature's beauty at one of SMLC's nature preserves. Many have trails for your enjoyment. Here are a few we recommend:

Lost Lake Nature Preserve
Location: Take Holly Road to Evans Road, turn east and travel about 1.5 miles. Look for the Lost Lake Nature Preserve trail entrance and parking area on your left. You'll see a trail map and rules sign a few steps in from the trail entrance. Follow trail markers and please stay on trail. Click here for a map.

Click here to see a LLNP Dedication event handout including trail map.

Water lilies on Slack Lake at Lost Lake Nature Preserve. Photo by Charles Scott



Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve -
West Prairie

Location: West Prairie parking area is located on the north side of West Rd. between Beech Daly and Inkster Roads. The trailhead is located along West Road approximately 200 feet east of the parking area. Click here for a map.

Click here to see a SPNP-WP Dedication event handout including trail map.



Superior Greenway Nature Trail &
Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve

Location: Park at the Townhship Hall located at 3040 North Prospect Road, Superior Township, MI 48198. Look for the trailhead sign on the south side of Cherry Hill Road. Click here for more info on the Superior Greenway.

Click here to see a SGNT-JRSNP Dedication event handout including trail map.

For more about these places, please see the event calendar or contact us at / 734-484-6565.

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 the SMLC "We Care" Campaign.

To make a safe and

Springhill Nature Preserve, Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County. Photo by Charles Scott

secure online donation to SMLC, click here.

Donate to SMLC

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 Fall 2017 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)



Kroger Community Rewards

You can support SMLC every time you use
your Kroger Plus Card.

It's easy to sign up!

Click here to link or re-link
your Kroger Plus Card to SMLC


DTE Group Photo
Dixboro United Methodist Volunteers did an AWESOME job removing invasive buckthorn at LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve. Summer is a great time to combat invasive species. Ask SMLC how you can help. Photo by T. Myatt

SMLC Stewardship News

Volunteers help SMLC in many important ways. You can continue the progress of natural community care and restoration! Individuals or groups are welcome to pitch in - please let us know how you would like to help.

If you would like to volunteer with SMLC
call 734.484.6565 or email us: to find out how you can help.

Be sure your email address is on the SMLC Events email list to get event notification of upcoming conservancy news, events, and volunteer opportunities. It's easy, just send an email to:

(Note that SMLC never gives or sells personal info to anyone).

Local Chapter News

Superior Land ConservancySuperior

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

Click here to read the 2017 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 WoodpeckerLots of Downy Woodpeckers make Superior Township their home. Photo by Charles Scott


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Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy  |  8383 Vreeland Road, Superior Township, MI 48198  |  (734) 484-6565
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