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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

Exciting News! 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 $7,600 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

Nature Preserve Update - Mud Alert!
Sign at JRSNP The muddy season is upon us!

SMLC has closed the trail at Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve due to extensive flooding and mud. Please help us keep our trails in good shape for everyone to enjoy by staying off the trails when they are muddy. If you do encounter mud on our open trails, please hike through it and not around as this tramples vegetation, creates a wider trail, more erosion, and more mud!

We also still have significant ice on shaded portions of our trails.

Thanks so much to our volunteer Preserve Watchers who keep an eye on conditions at our nature preserves!

Click here to receive preserve update emails

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

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

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 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 Woodpecker

Lots 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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