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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

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How Can I Protect My Land?
SMLC Nature Preserves
SMLC Community Organic Garden
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SMLC Local Chapters:
Monroe County Chapter
Superior Township Chapter

Thank you to all of our supporters in 2021!

Help Grow the Superior Greenway!

Breaking News! It passed! The Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday, December 14th to proceed with the desired acquisition. SMLC supports Superior Township’s approved acquisition of 300 acres of beautiful woods and farmland. This acquisition will buffer already protected lands in the Township, conserve existing wildlife habitat, and is intended to add future outdoor recreation amenities including public hiking trails. Click here to read SMLC's official letter of support. If you are a local resident, please consider contacting the Board and letting them know how much you appreciate their support for this project. You can find their contact information here.


The Fall Landmarks Newsletter
is now Online!


Click here to read about our newest Nature Preserve and Stewardship projects.


SMLC’s new Stewardship Fund

Volunteers and staff building boardwalks through muddy areas

Good News!! SMLC exceeded the goal to raise $75,000 before the end of 2021 for the new public Stewardship Fund. As of this week, SMLC has raised more than $87,500! Thank you to the many supporters who gave to this Campaign and helped realize the dream of funding the Stewardship Program needs. The Carls Foundation will match this with another $75,000 resulting in more than $162,000 in initial seed funding and much needed help for the next 5 years and beyond. This new public fund will help pay for ongoing conservation easement and nature preserve stewardship, and equipment and building repairs and maintenance. Click here if you'd like to learn more

Please note that the Stewardship Fund Campaign has now concluded. If you'd like to give to SMLC by 12-31-21, 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
SMLC’s Position Statement regarding COVID-19:
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy cares about the health and wellbeing of our communities and visitors.  The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has presented us with challenges to holding our normal events and activities the way we have before.  However, we desire to foster fellowship at our current gatherings in as safe a manner as possible.  We know that uniting for conservation in the Naturehood requires getting together at times.  To facilitate our ongoing commitment to community and individual safety, SMLC is following the CDC recommendations and local, State of Michigan, and federal requirements for all of our public activities.  Please refer to specific SMLC event and activity protocols to learn more.

General COVID Event Protocols:
- Plan to wear a mask (masks may be removed while eating/drinking)
- Practice safe health actions such as socially distancing and washing hands
- Please don’t attend if you are sick

Note that the SMLC Farmhouse Office remains closed to the general public for the time being.

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 Fall 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 2021 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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