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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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Superior Township Chapter

Superior Greenway Expansion Project-Phase II

Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy is moving ahead on the possible purchase of an 80-acre parcel in northern Superior Township, Washtenaw County, which is located within the Superior Greenway (one of SMLC’s conservation priority areas).  This is a Superior Greenway Partnership project and includes significant support from the City of Ann Arbor’s greenbelt program and Washtenaw County Parks Natural Areas Preservation Program (the intended conservation easement holder).

Breaking News! SMLC HAS REACHED ITS $129,500 goal for the purchase balance and initial property-readiness funds!  A parking area along Berry Road and an initial hiking trail are part of the SMLC project budget.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Jill Lewis at jlewis@smlcland.org.

 

Basswood trees at possible new Superior Greenway property by Julie McLaughlin

 

2019 Picnic at the Farm - Recap

Many thanks goes to SMLC’s Picnic Sponsors and Leadership Donor!!

 

SMLC's 2019 Award Recipients (click here to read the press release):

Jack R. Smiley Award:  Richard (Rick) Simek, past SMLC Board President

Executive Director Legacy Award:  Jill A. Lewis, Executive Director

Directors' Award:  Jonathan (Jon) Trevathan, past SMLC Board President

Legacy Volunteer Award:  Charles Scott

2019 Volunteer of the Year Award:  Martha (Marty) Davis-Merritts

2018 Volunteer of the Year Award:  Mark Even

 

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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 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 2019 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

Springhill

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


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
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Volunteers Needed!

Interested in volunteering?  Opportunities include: stewardship workdays at nature preserves, mailing parties at the office, and helping maintain our historic farmhouse. Here are some other ways you can get involved:

Stewardship Assistant – Assist SMLC Stewardship staff with management of our Superior Greenway nature preserves. Includes trail upkeep, invasive species management, grounds maintenance, and more.

Conservancy Farmhouse Beautifying and Upkeep – Responsibilities include monthly and annual cleaning and upkeep of our historic Conservancy Farmhouse. SMLC will provide cleaning supplies and direction regarding historic house elements.

Preserve Watcher – Monitor SMLC nature preserve property conditions, assist with minor trail maintenance, and report findings bi-monthly. Needed at: Heritage Oaks, Pittsfield Stream Corridor, and Springhill nature preserves.

Contact Julie McLaughlin, Stewardship and Outreach Specialist, to discuss volunteer interest at jmclaughlin@smlcland.org or 734-484-6565

 

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 2019 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 bakerpartin@aol.com 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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