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At the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, we work to keep nature nearby and help people protect, enjoy, and care for natural land in West Michigan. We conserve land by creating public nature preserves, providing support to governments creating natural areas, and helping private landowners protect their own land.  We also institute stewardship initiatives to care for the land and provide educational opportunities through workshops and field trips. Learn more.

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Rhubarb in the Maatman garden

Tomato dreams: gardening through the decades

At this time of year, I long for a tomato that was not grown in a greenhouse or shipped from another state.   There was once a bathtub full of butternut squash. When my wife and I were in graduate school we tended a sprawling 50’ X 50’ garden: roto-tilled, straight vegetable rows, producing enough…

Castle Park - Calvin FYRES research

Researching dune movement at Castle Park

As part of their coursework, local college students sometimes perform research projects at our nature preserves. This research provides us with meaningful information about our natural areas, while providing the students with hands-on learning opportunities. One of the most recent research projects was part of a multi-part project spearheaded by Calvin College Geography professor Deanna…

Newaygo County conservation easement

Conservation partnerships at their best

Partnerships are important to us at the Land Conservancy and they take many forms. To help serve our community, we partner with foundations, like-minded environmental groups, local governments, and many others. However, my favorite partnerships are with the private landowners who want to make the commitment to protect their land in perpetuity with conservation easements….

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