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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.

Giving Options

 Donate To SMLC

How Can I Protect My Land?
SMLC Nature Preserves
SMLC Community Organic Garden
Join our Email List

SMLC Local Chapters:
Monroe County Chapter
Superior Township Chapter

Registration Now OPEN
for Red Barn Bash!

Click here to download an electronic invitation/registration form.

Virtual Kickoff: Saturday, October 2nd

At-Home Experience: October 2nd – 29th  
Ticket Price: $50

In-Person Event: Saturday, October 23rd
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Place: Ypsilanti Freighthouse, Ypsilanti (in historic Depot Town)
Ticket Price: $75 combined In-person Event / At-Home Experience

Red Barn Bash tickets (includes small convenience fee)
Red Barn Bash Logo

This year’s Red Barn Bash is all about the Naturehood – a place where we experience the beauty and wonder of local woods, wetlands and prairies and unite for conservation.


2021 RBB Corporate and Donor sponsorships are available and appreciated - click here for more information.

Introducing the 2021 Red Barn Bash Honorary Chairs

We’re thrilled to announce our Honorary Chairs for the 2021 Red Barn Bash!

Please welcome:

Mandy Grewal, Supervisor, Pittsfield Township

Melissa Prowse, Supervisor of Planning and Resource Development, Oakland County Parks and Recreation


Sue Shink, Chair, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and District 2 Commissioner

To learn more about their land protection and environmental accomplishments, please click here.


Secrest Nature Preserve - Now OPEN!

SMLC's new Secrest Nature Preserve is now open to the public! Parking is available along Berry Road in Superior Township - click here for directions. Click here for a trail map.

In September 2021, SMLC held a special Dedication Event to preview the new public Trail, honor the Secrest Family - whom the preserve is named after - and acknowledge the Superior Greenway partners who have worked with SMLC through the years to protect more than 2,700 acres of woods, wetlands, prairies and farmland in Superior Township, Washtenaw County. Click here to read the press release.

Staying Safe when participating in SMLC Events / Activities
Last summer, SMLC created a Safely Re-Open Plan and a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan to help guide our return to work and events.  SMLC is following CDC recommendations as well as any local, state or federal requirements.  Currently the Farmhouse office is closed to the general public.  We have also enacted a few key health protocols everyone will need to follow when attending an SMLC activity or event:.  
- please mask-up if indoors
- please do not attend if you are sick, and
- please follow safe health practices such as social distancing and washing your hands where and when appropriate to do so

Thank you.

Funding Opportunity: SMLC’s new Stewardship Fund

Volunteers and staff building boardwalks through muddy areas
SMLC recently received a $75,000 challenge grant award from The Carls Foundation to startup a much-needed SMLC Stewardship Fund.  This is a 1:1 match and SMLC needs to raise $75,000 by year-end in order to receive this donation. Click here to learn more!   
If you are eager to help, please note “Stewardship Fund Campaign” when you mail in your check made payable to “Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy” or donate online here.  This new public fund will help pay for ongoing conservation easement and nature preserve stewardship, and equipment and building repairs and maintenance.


The Spring Landmarks Newsletter
is now Online!


Click here to read the 2020 Annual Report
and learn about migrating birds in the Greenway.


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 latest appeal letter (PDF)

Click here to read our Spring 2021 Landmarks newsletter (PDF)

Light streaming through the canopy of Lefurge Woods

LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve, Superior Greenway, Washtenaw County.
Photo by Mark Even.

Local Chapter News:

Superior Township Chapter

The Superior Township Chapter is dedicated to supporting SMLC's conservation efforts in Superior Township.

Click here to read the 2020 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 or Bill Secrest at (734) 482-5957

Downy Woodpecker

Lots of Downy Woodpeckers make Superior Township their home. Photo by Charles Scott

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