News & Blog

Letter from the Executive Director

Fall is my favorite time of year, and observing the changing season got me thinking about nature and the transitions that occur in the natural world. In the autumn, plants move their energy into their roots in preparation for the period of rest ahead. The...

Groundbreaking restoration work at The Highlands

This summer, ground broke on one of the final pieces of the restoration work at The Highlands, a natural area protected in collaboration by the Land Conservancy and Blandford Nature Center.   Construction began on the stream daylighting project in early July. The project will bring...

April Scholtz and her husband John stand before a lake at Ottawa Sands County Park

Land Protection Director April Scholtz retires

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan would not be the organization it is today without April Scholtz, who retired this spring after a nearly 30-year tenure as its Land Protection Director.    April was the Land Conservancy’s first and longest-serving employee. She was hired as LCWM’s...

Maisie Wiler observes a C. pitcheri seedling.

Cirsium pitcheri: A thistle at risk

The following is a guest post from Maisie Wiler (pictured above), a student at Grand Valley State University studying Natural Resources Management and Writing and a Land Conservancy of West Michigan volunteer. She is an avid hiker, cyclist, gardener, and hobby photographer. This past summer, I...

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