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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 is a participating member of SEMIWILD as a Protector.





Acquisition Success!!

SMLC has recently acquired a new 39 acre Nature Preserve in Sibley Prairie!! After a year's worth of work, this beautiful property will forever be protected. To read more about the project and the property's unique characteristics, click here.

Save Sibley Prairie
Michigan's Largest Prairie Remnant

A view of lakeplain prairie in Brownstown Township. Photo by Charles Scott.

Michigan’s lakeplain prairie used to cover 16,000 acres most of which were located in Monroe and Wayne counties.  The rich soil was coveted, first for agricultural use and later for development.  Now less than 1% of Michigan prairie remains.

The largest prairie remnant is located in Brownstown Township, Wayne County – conservationists and scientists agree – it needs to be saved.  The Nature Conservancy has categorized the Sibley Prairie as globally imperiled and critically imperiled in Michigan.  If we want to save what is left we need to act now.

With thanks to The Carls Foundation, SMLC has a unique opportunity to take a big step forward.  We are in the process of acquiring a new parcel in the Sibley Prairie and are looking at other possible acquisitions.  We need funds to help us with public access and stewardship management.  You can help!

To make a donation to SMLC’s Sibley Prairie Land Protection Project and to learn more, please click here.


Drawing by John Copley, Painting by Wendy Pellerito


Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy invites you to celebrate 26 years of local land conservation at our first Red Barn Bash.  With the help of our supporters and partners, SMLC has been able to protect important wildlife habitat and provide public access to natural areas across southeast Michigan.  With your help, SMLC will continue working to conserve even more of these special places for years to come.

Featuring a Pig Roast and fixin’s, beer and wine, and a dessert bar.  Music provided by the lively band the Dorkestra: Dorks who love to play cool music! Have fun participating in our pie raffle with delicious pies donated by Zingerman’s and our silent auction.  

Click here to view the 2014 SMLC Events Calendar handout. Or scroll down to the bottom of the page to view more details about each Event.


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.

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

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

Click here to read our Spring 2014 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


DTE Group Photo
DTE Volunteers did an AWESOME job removing the invasive plant, garlic mustard, at LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve in spring 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 or email 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 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 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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