Our 25th Anniversary

25 years of preserving our lands



Visit the William Erby Smith Preserve


Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

SWMLC works in the nine counties of southwest Michigan to preserve wild and scenic places for today — and keep them healthy for tomorrow. 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!

Visit one of our public preserves. Experience a variety of terrains, hike a trail, observe wildlife in natural settings.

Read our e-newsletter

Download our Fall 2015 newsletter with stories about our new preserve opening this spring, our upcoming silver anniversary and other events.

Get involved!

Your efforts and support make it all possible. Become a member. Donate. Volunteer.

Check out our latest events, news and commentary!

Annual Members’ Meeting

Tuesday, September 19 – Savor hors d’oeuvres and wine in the relaxing atmosphere of Cody Kresta Winery, then learn about the latest SWMLC happenings at the business meeting.

Catch the Color

Sunday, October 8 – Two SWMLC preserves are part of this scenic, fun-filled drive hosted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fluffernutter Tike Hike

Sunday, October 8 – You and your little ones can burn some calories out on the trails, then enjoy a tasty treat on us.

Black River Paddle

Saturday, October 14 – Experience this large, interesting preserve from the comfy seat of your kayak or canoe!