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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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SMLC Local Chapters:
Monroe County Chapter
Superior Township Chapter

2019 Picnic at the Farm

Sunday, September 8th

Please mark your calendars for one of SMLC’s most popular traditions, the late summer Picnic at the Farm. At this bi-annual event, we celebrate our members and
volunteers. Thank you! This is a free family-friendly potluck event; SMLC provides the meat and drinks. We’ll celebrate land conservation with awards, good
fellowship and tours of the beautiful Conservancy Farm property. More details to come as the time draws near. Can’t wait to see you there!

When:  Sunday, September 8, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Conservancy Farm. 8383 Vreeland Rd., Superior Twp., MI 48198

Interested in Sponsoring the 2019 Picnic at the Farm?  Please click here for a downloadable sponsorship flier.  Contact Jill Lewis, Executive Director, with questions about the sponsorships at or 734-484-6565.

Please RSVP with your attendee names (for food count) by September 4th to Jennifer Goewey at or 734-484-6565. Any questions about the event should also be directed to Jennifer.

Want to volunteer before, during or after the event? Email Julie at

Yellow Coneflower at the Conservancy Farm
Photo by Mark Even

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).

SMLC is raising the remaining $3,500 in project funds needed to make the purchase and initial property-readiness happen.  A parking area along Berry Road and an initial hiking trail are part of the SMLC project budget.

If you would like to help protect new lands in the Superior Greenway, please send in your donation today and note that it is for “SGEP-II”.  SMLC is collecting donations for this project.  You can click here for a downloadable donation card or you can make a secure donation via our project partner, Network for Good, here.  Please mail your check donations to our office:  8383 Vreeland Rd., Superior Township, MI 48198.   Note:  if you would prefer to make a project pledge, please contact Jill Lewis at

Basswood trees at possible new Superior Greenway property by Julie McLaughlin

Sibley Prairie and Jack R Smiley trails OPEN!

July 25, 2019

We’re glad to announce that the Superior Greenway Nature Trail (SGNT) through SMLC’s Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve in Superior Township has finally dried up from a wet spring and is now open. Park at the Superior Township Hall on Cherry Hill Road and cross the street for the start of the SGNT. Stop at the trailhead to check out the expanded Native Plant & Insect Garden that our Superior Township Chapter recently planted!

A reminder: horses are not permitted on the Superior Greenway Nature Trail. They cause significant damage especially in lower muddy areas. If you notice this activity please call the office at 734-484-6565.

Despite the rainy spring, the trails at Sibley Prairie - West Prairie have dried out and the preserve is now open! This site is only open for a few months due to its flooding, which allows for the unique wet prairie habitat. This lakeplain prairie is globally rare, but right in our backyard!

If you have questions regarding trail closures or access needs on SMLC preserves, please contact Julie McLaughlin, Stewardship and Outreach Specialist, at or call 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 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 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

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:

NEW! ~ 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 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 2018 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

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