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A Visit to Lost Lake

The following post is from Preserved! artist Randi Ford. The post was originally posted at randifordart.com where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. This summer I will be creating pieces for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan's Art...

Meandering with Mom

Every time I think my mom is difficult to shop for, I remind myself just what I put her through. Mostly, she has to put up with me asking her a lot of mundane questions like, “How do I check the oil level in my car?”...

Prescribed Fire in Pictures

Each spring, as plants respond to the lengthening days with new buds, leaves, and flowers, the Land Conservancy begins a dose of prescribed burns across many of the Conservancy's nature preserves. Several of the preserves contain ecosystems that depend on occasional fires to keep them...

A Little Prairie Bog Magic

The following post is from guest blogger, Cindy Crosby. The post originally appeared on her blog, Tuesdays in the Tallgrass. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being...

Project Announcement: The Highlands

Highlands Golf Club Given New Life as a Future Natural Area The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Blandford Nature Center have collaborated on the purchase of the 121-acre Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids to transform the property into a natural area for community recreation...

10,000 Acres Protected!

An Exciting Landmark Reached With the completion of several new conservation projects at the end of 2016, The Land Conservancy of West Michigan recently surpassed a total of 10,000 acres of preserved natural land in West Michigan. Five new projects were completed in December and were protected with conservation agreements,...

Brighter Days Ahead

Today is the winter solstice. The sun is at its lowest point in our Northern sky. Today will be the shortest day of the year and the night will be long and cold. But tomorrow begins the slow lengthening of days. And though we are...

Planting a Prairie

Restoring Land, Restoring Hope. On Black Friday, 23 people came out to Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve and planted a prairie. While the rest of America was out fighting crowds, standing in line, and getting into altercations over parking spots, 23 people were outside, breathing fresh...

The Surprising Legacy of Suzie

As a young boy I lived in central Illinois, a region better known for its endless seas of windswept corn than any magnificent natural wonders. So I was lucky, perhaps, that my parents’ house backed up to one of the largest oak forests in the...

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