Public Input Needed!

SWMLC is applying for renewal of our accreditatation and invites anonymous public input.

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Help to protect this piece of wilderness for people, wildlife, and generations to come.

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Chipman Preserve

Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County


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

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Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

Wolf Tree Nature Trails

Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County


 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.

Take a hike!

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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Upcoming events & workdays

Big Marsh Farm Celebration

Saturday, June 3, 10 am – noon. A special opportunity to celebrate the protection of this huge, wild, important, privately-held wetland in Calhoun County.

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HOP! Launch

Saturday, June 10, 4:30 pm. Hop on over to Wolf Tree Nature Trails to help kick off HOP! – our new kids hiking program!

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The latest news

Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.

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A Big Hearty Thank You!

April 22, 2017 – Thank you to the folks at Great Lakes Brewing Company for sponsoring our Earth Day Workday at Bow in the Clouds Preserve . . . and to all the volunteers who got SO much done!

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Find out about this new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors.

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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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