Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
We’re your local land conservation organization.
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy works with staff, dedicated volunteers, and willing landowners to protect endangered and threatened habitats and species, rural character and open space, agriculture and passive recreation, and extraordinary vistas in the nine counties of southwest Michigan.
Since its inception, SWMLC has protected over 15,000 acres of dunes, wetlands, forests, savannas, prairies, farms, and vineyards that give our region its distinctive character.
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Upcoming events & workdays
Friday evenings in November – a new series of Tike Hikes, after dark with Little Adventurers’ Club!read more
Saturday, December 2 – With your help, we can push this keystone piece of the trail system forward!read more
Sunday, December 10 – Join us for a special costumed Tike Hike . . . but keep your eyes peeled because there may be Ewoks on the trail!read more
The latest news
SWMLC is devoting our year-end appeal to raising the last $20,000 needed to create universal access in the upland at Bow in the Clouds Preserve. Can you help?read more
Many thanks to the South Haven Rotary Club (SHRC) for awarding us a $350 grant of support for Pilgrim Haven Natural Area!read more
The community’s newest preserve has finally opened its gates!read more
It’s easy to love the beautiful Paw Paw River . . . harder to generate enthusiasm for its final tributary, Ox Creek.read more
A matching grant from Michigan DEQ will strengthen SWMLC’s ability to permanently conserve land in the Battle Creek Watershed.read more
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening for Monday’s Kanoe the Kazoo/Drink One Down combo event!read more
Get inspired! Watch the new Portman Nature Preserve video, produced by Rhino Media.read more
July 11, 2017 – The HOP program has gotten off to a great start . . . check out the selfie gallery!read more
The HOP kickoff hike was held last Saturday at Wolf Tree Nature Trails, and quite a few families showed up to take a summer walk.read more
Local vineyard and winery Cody Kresta has created a new wine in honor of the conservation of SWMLC’s new Portman Nature Preserve!read more