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
March 25, 2017 – Shake off those lingering winter blues and help to prune and clear trails at this dynamic and popular preserve!read more
April 22, 2017 – An afternoon of sweaty, outdoor volunteering — followed by a fun celebration of the day’s progress at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange!read more
May 6, 2017 – Encourage the rare wildflower, yellow harlequin, by helping to pull and bag invasive garlic mustard.read more
The latest news
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!read more
Native seed-cleaning; a winter-time activity that brims with visions of colorful prairies and warm weather.read more
It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.read more