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
Sunday, January 14 – Little (and big) folk will gain a new appreciation for snow when they learn how to make it into ice cream!read more
Saturday, January 20 – Please join us in whackin’ and stackin’ invasive plants!read more
Friday, January 26 – Whether the sky is dark or studded with stars, it’s fun to be out after dark when there’s a story to be heard!read more
Friday, February 9 – Stalk the darkened land while listening for owls, then get warm and cozy around the bonfire.read more
Sunday, February 18 – What scampered through here? Let’s find out!read more
Saturday, February 24 – Those brushpiles look awful good sitting in the snow . . . please join us in the satisfaction of winter-time invasive plant removal!read more
The latest news
December 12, 2017 – Thank you, Pam Dewey, for donating a conservation easement on your property to SWMLC!read more
December 7, 2017 – Thank you, Carol and John Rasmussen, for donating a conservation easement on your property to SWMLC!read more
November 16, 2017 – 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
November 6, 2017 – Many thanks to the South Haven Rotary Club (SHRC) for awarding us a $350 grant of support for Pilgrim Haven Natural Area!read more
October 25, 2017 – The community’s newest preserve has finally opened its gates!read more
September 29, 2017 – It’s easy to love the beautiful Paw Paw River . . . harder to generate enthusiasm for its final tributary, Ox Creek.read more
August 18, 2017 – A matching grant from Michigan DEQ will strengthen SWMLC’s ability to permanently conserve land in the Battle Creek Watershed.read more
August 10, 2017 – We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening for Monday’s Kanoe the Kazoo/Drink One Down combo event!read more
July 27, 2017 – 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