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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About SMLC

Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy Service AreaWho We Are

Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and qualified conservation organization dedicated to conserving and managing wildlife habitat in order to foster healthy ecosystems, protect air and water quality, and provide scenic enjoyment. We also work to promote appreciation of the natural world; educate the public about conservation options; and engage communities throughout southeast Michigan in land protection and stewardship activities.

SMLC was founded in 1988 by people who felt there should be a way for land owners to protect natural lands and open spaces in southeast Michigan. Our service area covers the 7-county (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne) southeast Michigan region. To manage day-to-day operations, the Conservancy's 3-person staff takes care of many tasks including coordination of volunteers. Volunteers are critical to the vitality and effectiveness of the organization. Please click here for information on how you can volunteer.

You can get a current summary of what SMLC does and how we work by reading our most current 2-page Fact Sheet:


What We Do

SMLC protects land in, primarily, three ways: SMLC can own land- usually through donations (property or financial) to the organization, SMLC can work with landowners to create conservation easements (also known as conservation agreements) to protect privately owned property, Nature Preserveand SMLC can assist local government agencies with their land protection projects. At times, when support is strong enough, the Conservancy can purchase land.

The Conservancy maintains and cares for the land held in its trust through regular monitoring and stewardship projects, and we work to educate the community about the importance of land conservation in southeast Michigan. Volunteers are absolutely critical to the organization's ability to carry out these tasks. Through this work we conserve habitat for wildlife and preserve natural areas and places of scenic beauty for people to enjoy.

How We Do It

The Conservancy has many responsibilities as outlined in the SMLC Articles of Incorporation and Organizational Bylaws. The SMLC Board of Directors governs the organization and oversees SMLC's work. Six Standing Committees, two Local Chapters, and staff assist the board and implement SMLC's goals and objectives.

The five SMLC Standing Committees are:

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Event Planning Committee
  • Land Protection Committee
  • Stewardship Committee

SMLC has two Local Chapters:

SMLC currently has 3 staff members:

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of people from across southeast Michigan. Each is committed to land conservation and the sustainability of the Conservancy. Our Board of Directors ensures all SMLC expenditures and activities are compliant with SMLC Bylaws and non-profit law. The Board also passed a resolution to adopt the Land Trust Alliance's "Land Trust Standards and Practices" and strives to operate in a manner that ensures the long-term protection of land in southeast Michigan. As described above, the Board relies on the committees, local chapters and staff to advise them on organizational planning and management issues.

The SMLC Directors are:

 
James T. Weiner
James T. Weiner, P.C.
President / Secretary
Maura A. Jung
Consultant / Retired
Vice President
Jonathan Trevathan
Huron Valley Humane Society
Treasurer / Finance Committee Chair
Benjamin Henry
Aldrich Legal Services
Director
Richard Kent
Washtenaw County Parks and
Recreation Commission
Director / Land Protection Committee Chair
Barbara Pepper
Birmingham Public Schools
Director

Craig Tylenda
DTE Energy

Director
Bill Secrest
Henry Ford Community College
Director / Chapter Representative
Jack Smiley
Real Estate Broker
Director
Barry Wauldron
University Of Michigan-Dearborn
Director
David Wible
Comerica Bank
Director

Landmarks Newsletter Archive

Landmarks is the twice-yearly newsletter of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy. Here are PDF copies of back issues:

For older back issues of Landmarks, contact the SMLC office.

SMLC Operating Documents

  • SMLC Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

    SMLC Fiscal Responsibility

    The Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy is committed to fiscal responsibility. We strive to keep our operating costs low so that our resources can be used to preserve and care for land in southeast Michigan. Please contact the SMLC office if you have questions about our financial accountability. A copy of our most recent IRS Form 990 is available here:
     SMLC 2012 Form 990 (367K PDF)

     

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