SMLC's Safely Re-Open Plan
Like many of you, SMLC is looking forward to returning to our normal operational activities when it is safe for our staff, volunteers, and event participants to do so. Per the Governor's Executive Orders: Michigan Safe Start and Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19, SMLC has recently put in place a Safely Re-Open Plan and a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.
Per our phased reopening plan, SMLC's office remains closed to the general public until further notice and some of our staff are primarily working remotely. Also, there are no outreach events or group volunteer activities on SMLC properties until further notice. Earlier this month, however, we reopened the Community Organic Garden program at the Conservancy Farm with COVID-19 protocols in place and re-engaged individual volunteers who are assisting SMLC staff with priority land stewardship needs.
As noted above, some of our staff are working remotely. If you need to reach a staff person, please email:
Jill Lewis, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie McLaughlin, Stewardship and Outreach Manager, at email@example.com
Kathy Hammond, Office Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, SMLC's nature preserves continue to remain open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. If you visit an SMLC preserve, please practice social distancing (6 feet apart) and don't visit if you are sick.
SMLC Acquires 80 acres in the
Northern Superior Greenway at end of 2019
We are excited to announce that SMLC completed the purchase of 80 acres of woods, wetlands, and open space at the end of 2019. Through our partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, we have added this significant piece to the Superior Greenway, a 2,800-acre wildlife and public recreation corridor.
From the Press Release:
SMLC acquired the property from the Marissa A. Stepien Living Trust and Washtenaw County acquired a conservation easement on the property. The City was a major funder of both acquisitions. SMLC intends to name the new preserve, the Secrest Nature Preserve, in honor of a local family who have been instrumental in supporting land protection efforts in Superior Township and across the region for many years.
Click here to read the full Press Release.
Oak-hickory forest at the Secrest Nature Preserve. Photo by Mark Even.
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: more than 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.
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 SMLC's
appeal letter (PDF)
Click here to read our Spring 2019 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)
Springhill Nature Preserve, Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County.
Photo by Charles Scott
Interested in volunteering? Opportunities include: stewardship workdays at nature preserves, mailing parties at the office, and helping maintain our historic farmhouse. Here are some other ways you can get involved:
Stewardship Assistant – Assist SMLC Stewardship staff with management of our Superior Greenway nature preserves. Includes trail upkeep, invasive species management, grounds maintenance, and more.
Conservancy Farmhouse Beautifying and Upkeep – Responsibilities include monthly and annual cleaning and upkeep of our historic Conservancy Farmhouse. SMLC will provide cleaning supplies and direction regarding historic house elements.
Preserve Watcher – Monitor SMLC nature preserve property conditions, assist with minor trail maintenance, and report findings bi-monthly. Needed at: Morris-Reichert, Heritage Oaks, Lost Lake, and Sibley Prairie nature preserves.
Contact Julie McLaughlin, Stewardship and Outreach Specialist, to discuss volunteer interest at email@example.com or 734-484-6565.
The Superior Township Chapter is dedicated to supporting SMLC's conservation efforts in Superior Township.
Click here to read the 2019 Superior Township Chapter Update Newsletter (color PDF).
See the Calendar of Events below for Superior Township Chapter and SMLC events, posted as they are scheduled.
For more information about the Superior Township Chapter, click here or contact Brenda Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Secrest at (734) 482-5957
Lots of Downy Woodpeckers make Superior Township their home. Photo by Charles Scott
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