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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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Happy Holidays from SMLC!

Giving the Gift of Green – Conservation is in our Nature


Dear Friends,

Yesterday when I began writing this letter it was a gray winter-is-coming kind of Michigan day.  It reminded me strongly of when a few of us first saw SMLC’s Lost Lake Nature Preserve.  It was in early December and we had no idea what to expect other than the property was large, forested, and had a couple of lakes.  It was not the kind of day for experiencing the true colors and beauty of a place.

Yet what I remember most from our visit is the feeling we all had of something extraordinary taking shape, as we looked across Slack Lake - the largest of the property’s lakes, from a shoreline bluff that included a 200+ year old tree! Read more....



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"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)

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 in 2017. Bobolinks, Dickcissel, Sedge Wrens, Clay-colored Sparrow, and the state-endangered Henslow's Sparrow were seen and heard throughout the breeding season this year. A Northern Shrike and pair of Fox Sparrows were spotted at the end of last winter, and in November, a few Short-eared Owls took up residence and are expected to stick around for the majority of the winter.

Less than 1% of Michigan's native prairie remains in the state, so we're thrilled to see our management efforts provide these birds 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.
Downy WoodpeckerTaylor Myatt with Jim and Michelle McIntyre. Photo by Corey Seeman.

2017 Volunteer Awards


Without our volunteers, we couldn't be successful in land conservation. At our Picnic at the Farm event this past September, we honored some of our most dedicated volunteers. They deserve even more attention, though, so here they are again:




Richard Kent - Jack R. Smiley Legacy Award

Jonathan Trevathan - SMLC Board Appreciation Award

Brenda Baker - Volunteer Appreciation Legacy Award

Carla Bisaro - Volunteer Appreciation Legacy Award

The McIntyre Family - 2016 Volunteers of the Year

George Kasdorf - 2017 Volunteer of the Year

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.

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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