A Big Hearty Thank You!

A Big Hearty Thank You!

a great group of volunteers! forging a new trail repairing the boardwalk puttin' a hurt on garlic mustard bridge building loppin', choppin' and stackin' volunteers come in all ages and sizes! sensitive habitat means foot-borne tools & materials far from the trail,...
HOP!

HOP!

Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) is a new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors. Click to see the gallery of kids and grownups who have sent us a selfie after hiking a preserve. Here’s how it works: Get a walking stick. Walking sticks are...
Congratulations, Bruce!

Congratulations, Bruce!

Bruce joined SWMLC in May 2015 as part of the Stewardship Crew, and became Stewardship Crew Leader in July 2015. Bruce grew up in rural Paw Paw, where he lived until moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University. Here, his broad interest in the environment...
New 5k Nature Trail Courses

New 5k Nature Trail Courses

Sometimes a body just wants needs to run in nature. 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. These new 5k courses offer a refreshing and fun way to...
Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Some photos from last week’s seed-cleaning workday. Each fall, SWMLC holds a Seed Collection Workday, where volunteers harvest the seeds of prairie species from some of our more robust preserves, so that we can sow them at other prairie preserves in the spring....
Goodbye, Geoff!

Goodbye, Geoff!

Every Ending Has a New Beginning It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection. Mixed, because we will miss him so much, but happy for him, too, because he’s about to start a new job and a new...
Adding Gems to a Watershed Necklace

Adding Gems to a Watershed Necklace

Conservation Easements Completed on the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed On the very last day of 2016, we completed conservation easements Number 3, 4 and 5 of the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed Conservation Project: Pete Boerma’s Blue Creek property, Sarett Nature...
Big Marsh Farm CE Completed

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...
2-Mile Section of the Paw Paw River Protected

2-Mile Section of the Paw Paw River Protected

Late in summer 2016, we completed the Nelson purchased conservation easement project, consisting of two adjacent conservation easements totaling 164 acres and protecting a two-mile stretch of the lower Paw Paw River just downstream of Coloma, Berrien County. The...