Our 25th Anniversary

25 years of preserving our lands

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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.

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

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

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Check out our latest events, news and commentary!

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!

Tike Hike & Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9, 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.

Goodbye, Geoff!

It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.

Adding Gems to a Watershed Necklace

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.