Mission: Our mission is to help people protect, enjoy, and care for natural land in west michigan.
Programs: The land conservancy is "keeping nature nearby" by permanently preserving land that is important to west michigan's quality of life and environment. We do this by establishing conservancy-owned nature preserves that are open to the public, working with landowners to create conservation easements that protect natural habitats and open spaces on private property, and through partnerships with government agencies and communitites to create parks and natural areas open to the public for the enjoyment and study of nature.
the land conservancy provides outreach and communications to key audiences throughout our service area. We raise community and member awareness of west michigan land protection and stewardship issues through events, newsletters, presentations, media relations, direct mail, website, and social media.
the land conservancy works with contractors, interns and volunteers to perform stewardship activities that provide for the management and restoration of our diverse network of dune, grassland, wetland, and forested preserved lands. We coordinate with area schools, businesses and organizations to provide research, service learning and hands-on field opportunities at our preserves. We organize and lead workshops and trainings for the benefit of the public in the hopes of providing the tools and inspiration for all citizens to become better stewards of their community. And we increase our organization's connections with our communities through research, restoration workshops, and events that showcase cultural connections with nature.
Land Conservancy of West Michigan is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Land Conservancy of West Michigan meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Land Conservancy of West Michigan has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.