Since 1988, Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy has protected approximately 3,400 acres in southeast Michigan through 47 land protection projects. 1,285 acres have been protected through voluntary conservation easements, and the Conservancy has acquired title to 1,860 acres, establishing 19 nature preserves throughout the region. Private properties protected with conservation easements are not open to the public, however, our nature preserves are open to the public between sunrise and sunset (some have limited access). We encourage you to visit a preserve near you.
Here is a map of SMLC protected properties throughout southeast Michigan (PDF).
SMLC staff work with volunteers to watch over all Conservancy-owned lands. Staff schedule stewardship projects at various preserves throughout the year. Projects include: invasive species removal, trash cleanup, trail establishment and maintenance, placement of signs, and more. You are encourged to get in touch with SMLC to find out how you can assist. Volunteer watchers, volunteer naturalits, and assistance with stewardship activities ensure that the land we worked so hard to protect will continue to provide habitat for wildlife and enrich the lives of people in southeast Michigan.
The Superior Greenway is an ongoing project of SMLC and partner groups. Click here to learn more about this special place located in the middle of our region.
For more information about SMLC protected properties, please contact: