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
Saturday, October 21 – Please join us in celebrating the unspoiled beauty of YOUR new Portman Nature Preserve!read more
Saturday, November 11 – Make an impact: fight invasive plant species!read more
Sunday, November 12 – SWMLC and the Little Adventurers’ Club welcome a Kalamazoo Township police officer for an age-appropriate hike and chat about child safety.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
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
“It’s good to know that this land will remain wild.” – Larry Holcomb.read more
Some photos from the recent Mother’s Day Tike Hike at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area.read more
The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.read more