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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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SEMIWILD Spring Hike

Lost Lake
Photo by Charles Scott
at Lost Lake Nature Preserve

Join Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy and our friends, Six Rivers Land Conservancy for a lovely spring hike through our new Lost Lake Nature Preserve, part of our Signature Hike Series. A naturalist will lead the group and point out features of the landscape.

Both Conservancies are participants in SEMIWILD, a movement to increase awareness of local land conservation and ways southeast Michigan residents can enjoy natural places in their communities.

Click here for hike details and directions.


 

A BIG Thank You to

SMLC's 25th Anniversary Sponsors!!!

Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve

Slack Lake is one of two lakes on the newly acquired Lost Lake Nature Preserve. Photo by Jill Lewis.

SMLC in the News

$1.1 Million Acquisition: Lost Lake Nature Preserve

Partnership protects 538 acres in Genesee and Oakland Counties!


On August 16th, Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy purchased our 16th nature preserve with help from an angel donor who provided the $1.1 million purchase funds. SMLC partnered with Six Rivers Land Conservancy, who now holds a conservation easement on the property. The new Lost Lake Nature Preserve is a beautiful place and protects two pristine lakes, unique wetlands and natural areas. To read more about the acquisition success, click here to view the Press Release.

Map of Lost Lake Nature Preserve

 

To view articles about the new Nature Preserve, click a link below.

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/09/a_500-plus_acre_nature_preserv.html

http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=940107#.UiYnCDaThBc

http://grandblancview.mihomepaper.com/news/2013-09-05/News/Grand_Blanc_to_be_part_of_Lost_Lake_preserve.html

Oakland Press on Lost Lake Nature Preserve

SMLC's next step is to create a Management Plan that will guide the stewardship of the Preserve's natural resources while incorporating future public access.

If you are excited about this new Nature Preserve and would like to get involved with SMLC call 734.484.6565 or email us at jmartinez@smlcland.org.


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: approximately 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.
Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Fall landscape in the Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County. Photo by Charles Scott

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 our
latest appeal letter
(PDF)

Click here to read our Spring 2013 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)


Superior Greenway Expansion Project

Superior Greenway's newest preserve named after SMLC's founder

Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve
View of Fowler Creek looking across the Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve. The preserve was acquired by SMLC in April 2013 as part of the Superior Greenway. Photo by Charles Scott
The Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve. This 100 acre property contains rolling topography, wetlands, woods and agricultural land. It is located in the heart of the 2,400 acre Superior Greenway, a greenbelt between Detroit and Ann Arbor that was the brain-child of founder, Jack Smiley. Thanks to him, we all can enjoy a beautiful place that provides for wildlife and for all of us. Project partners include the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program, Superior Township and Washtenaw County's Natural Areas Preservation Program.  Future plans include a Superior Greenway Nature Trail that will connect protected lands from Geddes to Cherry Hill roads.

Donate to SMLC

  To make an online donation to the "Superior Greenway Expansion Project" please click here

To mail in your pledge or cash donation please click here for the Superior Greenway Expansion Project donation form.

Please click here to view the Superior Greenway Expansion Project Case for Support and Map.



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
.

 


 

SMLC Stewardship News

Spring is here... and with it SMLC's volunteer season starts again!

DTE Group Photo
As you can see, the DTE Volunteers did an AWESOME job removing the invasive plant, garlic mustard, at the LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve in 2013.
Photo by Jason Martinez

Volunteers can help SMLC in many important ways and you can keep the momentum going! Groups or individuals 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 and ask for Jason or email him at jmartinez@smlcland.org 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: info@smlcland.org.

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


Local Chapter News

Superior Land Conservancy Superior Land Conservancy

Join SMLC and our local chapter, the Superior Land Conservancy for a wonderful Spring walk at Springhill Nature Preserve. SLC's Annual Spring has Sprung at Springhill Nature Walk will be on Sunday May 4th, 2014.  Park along Berry Road between Ford Road and Cherry Hill Road in superior Township.  Arrive at 1:15pm for snacks and refreshments. Then we will take a walk through the Preserve to see spring wildflowers.  The walk is about a mile long and we ask you to leave your pets at home.  Donations are welcome in support of SMLC.

When:   Sunday May 4th, 2014
Where:  Springhill Nature Preserve
              3345 Berry Road, Superior Township, MI 48198
Time:     1:15pm - 3:00pm

For more info, contact Brenda Baker at bakerpartin@aol.com or Bill Secrest at (734) 482-5957

See the Calendar of Events below for more SLC and SMLC events, posted as they are scheduled.

For more information about Superior Land Conservancy, click here.

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

 

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