Projects

Pere Marquette Wild

One of Michigan’s iconic and wild rivers is in peril. Uncontrolled development along the river presents numerous threats to the health of the river and wildlife that depends on it. These threats include pollution, stream-bank erosion, invasive species, and other issues that put the wild and natural qualities of the river and the watershed in jeopardy. We believe there is a solution.

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Preserved!

With the sweep of a brush or click of a camera, a moment and a place in time is preserved. It is through art that we understand the past and inspire the future. And it is through conservation that the special natural areas that surround us in West Michigan are preserved forever for future generations to visit and enjoy. Through Preserved!, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan partners with local artists to raise awareness of the importance of conserving West Michigan’s natural areas.

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Case Studies

North Ottawa Dunes Case Study

In 2005, the Land Conservancy worked with the Ottawa County Parks Department and the Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg communities to protect these 500 acres and turn them into a county park.

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Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area Case Study

Due to the natural and historic significance, the Land Conservancy partnered with the City of Saugatuck to permanently protect this treasured natural area. In December 2011, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area transferred to Saugatuck to become a city park.

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Upper Macatawa Natural Area Case Study

In 2005 and 2007, the Land Conservancy helped Ottawa County Department of Parks & Recreation acquire a total of 314 acres along the Macatawa or Black River just east of Zeeland and Interstate I-196 by purchasing conservation easements on the property.

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