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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.





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 and 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 and, just recently, the John A. Woollam Foundation SMLC has a unique opportunity to take a big step forward.  We need funds to help us with public access and stewardship management for our Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve sites.  You can help!

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

The 2014 Red Barn Bash was a huge success.

Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy extends our deep appreciation to all of the event sponsors, donors and volunteers – Thank You! – we all had a great time.
See you at the next one.

Drawing by John Copley, Painting by Wendy Pellerito

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Prairie remnant found in the West Prairie Site addition to the Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve.                             Photo by Jill Lewis.

SMLC in the News

Acquisition Success!!

SMLC recently acquired the newest addition to our Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve. The 39-acre West Prairie Site was acquired in July after a year's worth of effort, and now this beautiful property will forever be protected. To read more about the project and the property's unique characteristics, click here.

Slack Lake is one of two lakes on the newly acquired Lost Lake Nature Preserve.                 Photo by Jill Lewis.

$1.1 Million Acquisition: Lost Lake Nature Preserve

Partnership protects 538 acres in Genesee and Oakland Counties!

In August 2013, 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 Fall 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 2012 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 conservation greenbelt between Detroit and Ann Arbor that was envisioned by SMLC 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


DTE Group Photo
DTE Volunteers did an AWESOME job removing invasive buckthorn at LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve in 2014. Fall and winter is a great time to remove this troublesome plant. Photo by Jason Martinez


SMLC Stewardship News

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 ConservancySuperior

SMLC's Superior Township Chapter is the new name for the Superior Land Conservancy. You can read more about this in SMLC's Fall Landmarks newsletter located on the About Page.

See the Calendar of Events below for Superior Township Chapter and SMLC events, posted as they are scheduled.

For more information about SMLC's Superior Township Chapter, click here or contact Brenda Baker at or Bill Secrest at (734) 482-5957

Downy WoodpeckerLots of Downy Woodpeckers make Superior Township their home. Photo by Charles Scott


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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, click Week / Month / Agenda tabs.

Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy  |  8383 Vreeland Road, Superior Township, MI 48198  |  (734) 484-6565
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