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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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Barrier Dunes Sanctuary

Barrier Dunes project receives matching gift challenge award

Recently, we received good news from two foundations in support of the White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary addition project. Consumers Energy Foundation approved an award of $20,000 to the project to purchase a Lake Michigan shoreline property adjacent to the Barrier Dunes Sanctuary which is key to protecting the nature preserve from a road…

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Preserved! exhibit unveiled

Last Friday evening, it all came together. Since May, our Preserved! artists have been working at our natural areas – painting, sculpting, photographing. You have followed along here on our blog as they have shared their experiences exploring prairies, rivers, forests, dunes, wetlands, and farms. Through their blog posts, we have seen sneak peeks of…

Pere Marquette River - Custer access

Pere Marquette River Now Universally Accessible at Custer Bridge

Earlier this month, I attended the celebratory opening of the new Custer Access on the Pere Marquette River. Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA), a partner organization of the Land Conservancy, led the revitalization of this site. The Custer Weir was put in the river in the 1980’s, and was a means to combat the invasive sea…

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