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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.

 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 almost 14,000 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

Plant-a-Flower Tike Hike

Sunday, March 12, 3:30 pm. Many little hands make light work . . . please join us in sowing wildflower seeds at Wolf Tree Nature Trails.

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The latest news

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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Big Marsh Farm CE Completed

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...

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