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Chipman Preserve

Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County

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Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

 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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Our public preserves are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.

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We couldn’t do it without you. Become a member. Donate. Volunteer.

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The latest news

New 5k Nature Trail Courses

We’ve recently mapped out trail running loops at two of our most popular preserves, Wolf Tree Nature Trails in Oshtemo and Chipman Preserve in Galesburg!

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Goodbye, Geoff!

It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.

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