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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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SEMIWILD Spring Hike

Photo by Jill Lewis
at Lost Lake Nature Preserve

Join us for a colorful hike through our new Lost Lake Nature Preserve, part of our Signature Hike Series. A naturalist will lead the group and point out features of the landscape.

Click here for hike details and directions.





A BIG Thank You to

SMLC's 25th Anniversary Sponsors!!!

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 new 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 2013 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

2012 Acquisition Success

Superior Greenway's newest preserve named after SMLC's founder

Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve
View of Fowler Creek looking across the newly named Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve. The preserve was acquired by SMLC in April as part of the Superior Greenway. SMLC needs your help to complete the purchase. Photo by Charles Scott
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy is proud to announce that our recently acquired 100-acre nature preserve in the heart of the Superior Greenway has now been named:


This wonderful Greenway and this nature preserve, in particular, would not have happened without the tireless efforts of our founder, Jack Smiley.  Jack saw the vision of a greenbelt between Detroit and Ann Arbor and the countless benefits to the southeast Michigan region.  Today the Greenway includes more than 2,000 protected acres including 1,200 contiguous acres in the heart of the Greenway where the preserve is located.  Future plans include a Greenway nature trail that will connect protected lands from Geddes to Cherry Hill roads. Click here to read more...

Donate to SMLC

  To make an online donation to the "Superior Greenway Expansion Project" (formerly the "Pellerito 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

Spring is here... and with it SMLC's volunteer season starts again!

Volunteers cheer proudly after removing woody invasive plants from the Conservancy Farm in October 2012. Photo by Scott Tyrrell

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 us at 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

Everyone who came out to the Spring has Sprung at Springhill Nature Walk, hosted by Superior Land Conservancy, had a great time.

The Superior Township Green Fair is coming up June 15th, 2013 at Superior Township hall just north of Ypsilanti at the corner of Prospect Rd. and Cherry Hill Road. Stop in and say 'hi' to Superior Land Conservancy volunteers. 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.

gray coneflower
Gray-headed Coneflower spotted
in meadows on Vreeland Road.
Photo by Charles Scott


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SMLC on Facebook - check us out and "like" us.

Sign up for SMLC Events, keep up with the latest SMLC news, and hear stories about the benefit of SMLC's work at our new Facebook page. If you are new to Facebook, signup is free. If you are already on Facebook, you know what to do - "like" us and see what's new at SMLC.

To see events in the calendar below, toggle between Week - Month - Agenda.

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