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 Chapter:
Superior Township Chapter

SMLC is Hiring! 2024 Summer Internship

LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve—photo by Mark Even

The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC) seeks to contract a motivated and experienced Nature Preserve Monitor to fulfill annual monitoring requirements for 12–14 of SMLC’s 18 nature preserves. This position will require travel to nature preserves for field work as well as office-based work at the Conservancy Farm in Superior Township. The Monitor reports to and works with the Stewardship and Outreach Specialist to fulfill Land Trust Alliance requirements for annual nature preserve monitoring.

See Job Posting here.

Requirements and Preferred Qualifications include (see Posting for more):
- Being able to work independently and in the field
- Ability to traverse varied terrain on foot, in inclement weather.
- 2+ years of coursework towards a degree in natural resource management, conservation planning or related field
- A valid driver’s license and a licensed, insured vehicle
- Intermediate skills with ArcGIS Pro and field navigation/data collection programs such as Field Maps or ArcCollector.
- Natural Areas site visit familiarity – monitoring, measuring, photo capture, data points collection.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to:
Alan McTaggart,
Stewardship and Outreach Specialist,
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy,
no later than April 25th.

The position is open until filled.

SMLC is Nationally Accredited!

Lost Lake Nature Preserve—Photo by Charles Scott

Today, SMLC announced that it has achieved national recognition—joining a network of more than 470 accredited land trusts across the country that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public's trust in their work.

“The Land Trust Commission’s accreditation certifies and elevates SMLC’s ongoing work to conserve local woods, wetlands, prairies, and open spaces”, says Jill A. Lewis, SMLC’s Executive Director. “SMLC is helping the planet where we live, work, and recreate, here in Southeast Michigan, and the Commission has recognized our adherence to land trust standards and best practices as part of what we do.”

Click here to read more

After undergoing a rigorous application and submitting extensive documentation, SMLC was awarded accreditation by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission in February 2024. SMLC has demonstrated that it meets the highest standards for land trusts:

- Sound Finances

- Ethical Conduct

- Responsible Governance

- Lasting Stewardship.


To learn more about land trust accreditation, visit


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 SMLC.

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 2024 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

Light streaming through the canopy of Lefurge Woods

LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve, Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County.
Photo by Mark Even.

Michigan's Forest-to-MiFaucet Initiative

SMLC is one of 20 grant recipients of the Forest to Mi Faucet Initiative administered by the Michigan DNR’s Forest Stewardship Program and funded by the USDA Forest Service / National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

SMLC's grant work will:.

  • empower landowners to manage/conserve their woodlands
  • contribute our share of the DNR goal to plant 60,000 trees in forest riparian zones, and
  • educate the public about how forests contribute to their drinking water quality.

Click here for SMLC's project fact sheet

Forests are the best land use to provide clean drinking water.

  • Permanent vegetation slows water velocity from the sky and along ground
  • Undisturbed soils and leaf layer reduce runoff and erosion
  • Forests regulate timing and magnitude of stream flow
  • Minimal infrastructure and impermeable surfaces
  • Infrequent and small chemical spills
  • Soil and vegetation filter pollutants

What can YOU do to protect Michigan’s forests and drinking water?

Here are a just a few examples: plant trees, grow a garden, advocate for better policy, build a rain garden, buy certified lumber, shop at local farmers markets, and maintain your septic system.

Does your drinking water come from a well, river or lake? Find out at

Learn more at

See the event calendar below for upcoming tree planting events and other opportunities to help protect the sources of your drinking water!

Forest to Mi Faucet is a Michigan Department of Natural Resources program supported by the USDA Forest Service and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. All partners are equal opportunity providers.




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 2023 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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