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
An afternoon of sweaty, outdoor volunteering — followed by a fun celebration of the day’s progress at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange!read more
Sunday, March 12, 3:30 pm. Many little hands make light work . . . please join us in sowing wildflower seeds at Wolf Tree Nature Trails.read more
Sunday, April 9 12, 3:30 pm What’s that in the grass? It’s a big beautiful egg! You and your little ones are invited to a special-edition springtime Tike Hike/Egg Hunt.read more
The latest news
It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.read more
On the very last day of 2016, SWMLC completed conservation easements Number 3, 4 and 5 of the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed Conservation Project.read more
We're excited to announce the completion of the purchased conservation easement (CE) on Larry & Jerrilyn Holcomb's 476-acre Big Marsh Farm property, which is located at the southern end of Michigan Audubon Society’s (MAS) Baker Sanctuary in Calhoun County, several...read more