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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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How Can I Protect My Land?
SMLC Nature Preserves
SMLC Community Organic Garden
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SMLC Local Chapters:
Monroe County Chapter
Superior Township Chapter

Funding Opportunity: SMLC’s new Stewardship Fund

Volunteers and staff building boardwalks through muddy areas
SMLC recently received a $75,000 challenge grant award from The Carls Foundation to startup a much-needed SMLC Stewardship Fund.  This is a 1:1 match and SMLC needs to raise $75,000 by year-end in order to receive this donation.    
If you are eager to help, please note “Stewardship Fund Campaign” when you mail in your check made payable to “Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy” or donate online here.  This new public fund will help pay for ongoing conservation easement and nature preserve stewardship, and equipment and building repairs and maintenance.


Registration Now OPEN
for Red Barn Bash!

Virtual Kickoff: Saturday, October 2nd

At-Home Experience: October 2nd – 29th  
Ticket Price: $50

In-Person Event: Saturday, October 23rd
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Place: Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti (in historic Depot Town)
Ticket Price: $75 combined In-person Event / At-Home Experience

Red Barn Bash tickets (includes small convenience fee)
Red Barn Bash Logo

This year’s Red Barn Bash is all about the Naturehood – a place where we experience the beauty and wonder of local woods, wetlands and prairies and unite for conservation.

The new At-Home Experience will feature exclusive conservation videos and a fun SMLC Trivia Night that you can enjoy safely from home.

The In-Person Event attendees will gather to learn about SMLC’s recent conservation successes while enjoying local food and drinks. Event planning is in the works.

2021 RBB Corporate and Donor sponsorships are available and appreciated - click here for more information.

The Spring Landmarks Newsletter
is now Online!


Click here to read the 2020 Annual Report
and learn about migrating birds in the Greenway.


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 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 2021 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

Light streaming through the canopy of Lefurge Woods

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

SMLC's Safely Re-Open Plan

Like many of you, SMLC is looking forward to returning to our normal operational activities when it is safe for our staff, volunteers, and event participants to do so. This past summer, SMLC created a Safely Re-Open Plan and a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan to help guide our return to work and events.  SMLC's office continues to be closed to the general public until further notice and some of our staff are primarily working remotely. 

If you need to reach a staff person, please call our office at 734-484-6565

Jill Lewis, Executive Director, at

Julie McLaughlin, Stewardship and Outreach Manager, at

Kathy Hammond, Office Specialist, at

Finally, SMLC's nature preserves continue to remain open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. If you visit an SMLC preserve, please practice social distancing (6 feet apart) and don't visit if you are sick.

Thank you.


SMLC Acquires 80 acres in the Northern Superior Greenway at end of 2019

We are excited to announce that SMLC completed the purchase of 80 acres of woods, wetlands, and open space at the end of 2019.  Through our partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, we have added this significant piece to the Superior Greenway, a 2,800-acre wildlife and public recreation corridor.  

From the Press Release:
SMLC acquired the property from the Marissa A. Stepien Living Trust and Washtenaw County acquired a conservation easement on the property.  The City was a major funder of both acquisitions.  SMLC intends to name the new preserve, the Secrest Nature Preserve, in honor of a local family who have been instrumental in supporting land protection efforts in Superior Township and across the region for many years.

Click here to read the full Press Release.

Oak-hickory forest at the Secrest Nature Preserve. Photo by Mark Even.


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 2020 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

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