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 Properties in Livingston County

Lyon's Point Nature Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Location:
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, Michigan
Year / Acres:
1997 / 33 acres
Access:
There is limited access to this preserve, so please plan to visit this location by attending an SMLC hosted tour of the property.
Directions:
Approximate Location
Description:
Lyon's PointThe Lyon's Point Nature Preserve encompasses 33 acres of beautiful hardwood floodplain forest, protecting more than a quarter of a mile of scenic frontage along the Huron River. This property was donated to SMLC at the end of 1997 by Mrs. Roberta Lyon Barstow and Mrs. Virginia Lyon. Having been owned by the family since the early 1900's, these women wished to assure that future generations could enjoy this scenic property as much as they had.

The land, located at the eastern end of Baseline Lake, was often referred to as "Lyon's Point", since a portion of the family's property jutted out at the point were the Huron River feeds into the lake.

We are very greateful for this generous donation of land.

Morris-Reichert Nature Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Location:
Unadilla Township, Livingston County, Michigan
Year / Acres:
1998 / 242 acres
Access:
This preserve is open to the public every day between sunrise and sunset.
Directions:
16720 Dutton Road, Gregory, MI 48137 (approximate location - park along roadside)
Description:

Aerial of Morris-Reichert Nature PreserveThe Morris-Reichert Nature Preserve was donated to the SMLC by two couples, Dr. Joe & Julia Morris and Dr. Rudolph & Shirley Reichert. These generous donors had co-owned the property for over 20 years, and having seen many natural landscapes and farms lost to residential and industrial development, they wanted to preserve the property "to protect some land and wildlife so that future generations wouldn't be denied the tranquility of frequent contact with open spaces."

Morris ReichertToday the Morris-Reichert Nature Preserve is a permanent refuge for bluebirds, foxes, and human nature lovers. With its rolling hills and woodlands, this is one of the premier nature preserves in the care of the SMLC. We are very grateful to the Morrises and Reicherts for their generosity and for their vision for the future.


    Documents to download and print:
        Aerial photo of the Morris-Reichert Property (.PDF)
        Trail map of the Morris-Reichert Nature Preserve (.PPT)

Nichwaugh Lake Nature Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Location:
Green Oak Township, Livingston County, Michigan
Year / Acres:
1991 / 40 acres
Access:
There is no access from the road to this preserve, so please plan to visit this location by attending an SMLC hosted tour of the property.
Directions:
Approximate Location
Description:
Nichwaugh Lake Nature PreserveMrs. H. Louise Ward donated this property just west of South Lyon, Michigan to the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy in December of 1991. Twenty-six acres of this property are in Nichwaugh Lake and another 14 acres are wetland. The preserve protects 1/4 mile of shoreline which is comprised primarily of cattail marsh. Significant stands of tamarack and other wetland species are also present.

Nichwaugh Lake is a tremendous spot in which to observe migratory waterfowl. Thousands of ducks and geese make this a regular stop during spring and fall migrations, and Sandhill Cranes are also known to frequent the area.

Warren H. Carpenter Nature Preserve

Ownership:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Location:
Marion Township, Livingston County, Michigan
Year / Acres:
1993 / 30 acres
Access:
There is limited access to this preserve, so please plan to visit this location by attending an SMLC hosted tour of the property.
Directions:
Approximate Location
Description:

Carpenter PreserveThis preserve was donated to SMLC by Warren H. Carpenter and his wife, Dr. Patricia Carpenter. The property represents a large portion of their former homestead on Coon Lake Road south of Howell, Michigan. The Carpenters retained some wooded acreage, which included their house and a very scenic seven-acre pond.

The Warren H. Carpenter Nature Preserve is mostly wetlands and comprises some of the easternmost headwaters of the Grand River watershed, which flows to Lake Michigan. Red-tailed hawks maintain nests in the towering oak trees that border the wetland, and Sandhill Cranes have been known to nest in the area as well.

In making this land donation, the Carpenters hoped to make sure people would always be able to enjoy the same wonders of nature they enjoyed throughout their lives. Their generosity and sense of stewardship will indeed be appreciated for generations to come.

 
 
 
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