A key project for Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy is the Superior Greenway, a collaborative effort to protect the best remaining open natural and agricultural spaces between suburban Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Click here to see the current Superior Greenway brochure with map. (PDF)
The Superior Greenway was the vision of SMLC founder Jack R. Smiley who foresaw a greenbelt for people and wildlife alike between the growing metropolitan areas of Detroit and Ann Arbor. In fact, SMLC named a 100-acre preserve acquired in 2015 -- located in the the middle of the Greenway -- the Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve in honor of his work over the years to make the vision a reality. There are 1,280 contiguous acres amongst the 2,400 acres now protected throughout the Greenway.
SMLC and Washtenaw County finished the first phase of the Superior Greenway Nature Trail in 2017. This trail connects several Nature Preserves owned by SMLC and partner organizations, and is great for hiking and even cross-country skiing in the winter. Click here for a trail map.
You can help continue the vision by supporting land protection in the Superior Greenway. Please click here to view the Superior Greenway Expansion Project Case for Support and Map.
Highlights of key nature preserves in the greenway include:
You can help with the Superior Greenway Expansion Project. To mail in a pledge or cash donation please click here for the Superior Greenway Expansion Project donation form. The Superior Greenway vision has been embraced by each of the following partners:
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.
The Open Space and Parkland Preservation Program (commonly referred to as the Greenbelt Program) was approved by City of Ann Arbor voters in November, 2003 to provide funding for the preservation and protection of open space, natural habitats and working landscapes both inside and outside the city
Superior Charter Township is a vibrant and diverse community that is committed to protecting the outstanding natural areas, productive farmlands and historic landscapes that add so much to the quality of life for the people who live, work and play here. www.superior-twp.org
Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program purchases unique natural areas to ensure their preservation for the benefit of
all County residents: plants, animals and people! The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission also partners with other land preservation organizations to find creative ways to protect and preserve natural areas. napp.ewashtenaw.org