Landowner Stories

Celebrating trout opener and the landowners who help protect forests for fish

By Nick Sanchez, Conservation Easement Stewardship Specialist Trout season starts today, and what better time to recognize the support of our communities and the families who have worked with us to protect almost 12,000 acres of natural land in our eight-county service area. These lands are primarily comprised of family-owned forests under legal protection through conservation agreements, also known as conservation easements. Being land-dwellers ourselves, we...

No trails, no problem.

Exploring the Harters' peaceful creekside getaway—protected by a conservation easement. [caption id="attachment_16562" align="alignright" width="306"] Susi and Andy Harter[/caption] Susi Harter prefers to walk off the beaten path. “It’s a very refueling kind of feeling to go out in the woods and just wander around and not have a...

Working together to protect Hamlin Lake

Sand dunes, forests, wetlands, and streams—all contribute to the character and appeal of Hamlin Lake. Located just north of Ludington, this 5,000 acre lake is fed by the Big Sable River. In recent months, two separate conservation projects collectively protected over 300 acres of the...

Conservation Agreement Success: Cecilia Vanderbout

Cecialia Vanderbout Protects Her Family Farm One of the last and largest fragments of family farming in Plainfield Township, Kent County was preserved by the Land Conservancy in December 2006. Cecilia Vanderbout created a conservation easement that permanently protects her 33 acres of the once expansive...

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