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Land Protection and Local Land Conservancies

Permanent Land Protection

Local Land Conservancies

Cadillac Area Land Conservancy

The Cadillac Area Land Conservancy protects significant natural, scenic, and farm lands for current and future generations and fosters an appreciation for the environment in Missaukee, Osceloa, Wexford, and northern Lake and Mason counties. Since its inception in 1995, the Cadillac Area Land Conservancy (CALC) has been serving people — those here today, who have the foresight to preserve special places — and those of future generations, who will benefit from our endeavors.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

The Conservancy owns and manages nature preserves open to the public. These are places where you can witness a carpet of spring wildflowers, observe wildlife, walk through a quiet forest, or wander a breathtaking beach. View our preserve guide, or explore a list of our nature preserves to find your place in nature.  To learn more about permanent land protection with GTRLC, check out their landowner guide.

Leelanau Conservancy

We are the group that, since 1988, has worked tirelessly to protect the places that you love and the character that makes the Leelanau Peninsula so unique. Our organization has earned a reputation as one of the premier land trusts in the country, with projects touching lives and saving land in each of Leelanau's 11 townships. Since our formation in 1988, we've preserved over 6,355 acres and 22 miles of shoreline. We've launched a farmland preservation program, established a renowned water-quality monitoring program and created 20 Natural Areas and Preserves. Some of the best views, most sensitive wetlands, and biggest working farms have been forever protected because of the Leelanau Conservancy. With nearly 2,800 members backing us up, the Conservancy is making a very real difference in what Leelanau County is to become. To learn more about permanent land protection with Leelanau Conservancy, check out their landowner guide.

Little Traverse Conservancy

Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has evolved to become one of the most established and effective regional land trusts in the country. From a small group of dedicated volunteers, the organization has now grown to a full-time professional staff and more than 150 volunteers. We are funded entirely by individuals and receive no government funding for operations.

The mission of the Little Traverse Conservancy is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas, and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment. Our service area includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties. To learn more about permanent land protection with Little Traverse Conservancy, check out their easement handbook.

Additional Land Protection Resources

Quality Deer Management Association

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting. Founded in 1988, the QDMA currently has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries including many deer management professionals. The QDMA has developed numerous partnerships with state wildlife agencies, timber companies, hunting groups, and product manufacturers. These partnerships have increased both the awareness of the QDMA and participation in the Association’s management philosophy, Quality Deer Management (QDM). Without question, the QDMA is rapidly becoming the most respected and influential white-tailed deer organization in the United States.

The mission of QCMA is to promote sustainable, high quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through education, research, and management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource professionals, and the public. Membership in the QDMA is open to anyone with an interest in the wise management of white-tailed deer. The time has come for all deer hunting enthusiasts, regardless of their choice of weapon or hunting technique, to unite and focus on the common thread that binds them all together – the love of deer hunting and the desire that future generations will be able to experience the great tradition of deer hunting. To learn more about permanent land protection with Quality Deer Management Association, check out their conservation easement article.

Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy

Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy is a statewide organization that concentrates and strengthens the efforts of Michigan’s land conservation community. Founded by Michigan’s leading land conservancies, Heart of the Lakes does what no individual land conservancy can do on its own--unites them under the common goal of protecting Michigan’s critical land. Heart of the Lakes partners with member land conservancies, policy makers, and leading conservation organizations across the state to champion a common goal of increasing the pace and quality of Michigan land protection.

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