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


SMLC in the News

Check out these articles featuring SMLC preserves, trails and the Superior Greenway:

"This article is part of Inside Our Outdoors, a series about Southeast Michigan's connected parks, greenways, and trails and how they affect residents' quality of life. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance."

A fun read about the pairing of a cup of joe and local trails.


Preserve Opening Update:
Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve - West Prairie OPEN for the Season

June 16, 2020

The West Prairie site is now open for summer 2020! We close this preserve during the wet spring due to flooding. This helps protect the delicate wetland soils, plants, and amphibians who use the site.

Click here for a trail map.

Click here for directions.

Blazingstar in bloom at West Prairie. Photo by Mark Even.

Preserve Closure Update:
Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve - West Prairie Closed for the Season

December 9, 2019

We have closed the West Prairie preserve for winter 2019-2020. This preserve is prone to flooding, which is the nature of the unique wet prairie community that we are protecting and restoring. In the meantime, you can learn about what makes Lakeplain Wet Prairie special through the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Check back here for a re-opening announcement in summer 2020.

A view of lakeplain prairie in Brownstown Township. Photo by Charles Scott.

2019 Picnic at the Farm - Recap

Many thanks goes to SMLC’s Picnic Sponsors and Leadership Donor!!


SMLC's 2019 Award Recipients (click here to read the press release):

Jack R. Smiley Award:  Richard (Rick) Simek, past SMLC Board President

Executive Director Legacy Award:  Jill A. Lewis, Executive Director

Directors' Award:  Jonathan (Jon) Trevathan, past SMLC Board President

Legacy Volunteer Award:  Charles Scott

2019 Volunteer of the Year Award:  Martha (Marty) Davis-Merritts

2018 Volunteer of the Year Award:  Mark Even


Preserve Update:
Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve - West Prairie Site

SMLC acquired the 39-acre West Prairie Site of Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve in 2014 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

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

Partnership protects 538 acres in Genesee and Oakland Counties!

$1.1 Million Acquisition: Lost Lake Nature Preserve

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 nature preserve, click a link below:

A 500-plus acre nature preserve in Holly, Grand Blanc townships opens to public next year

Major new Nature Preserve for Grand Blanc Township

Lost Lake Nature Preserve begins restoration

Local conservation officials dedicate 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 Nature Preserve and would like to get involved with SMLC call 734.484.6565 or email us at

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