Working to protect the Great Lakes State
Explore the plants, animals and natural communities making Michigan great.
Over the last 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked with the people of the Great Lakes to protect more than 1 million acres of land, thousands of inland lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers. Land protection remains a critical component of our conservation success.
New maps created for the first time ever by the Conservancy and our partners shows migratory fish patterns and provide data to prioritize restoration and reconnection work in the Great Lakes.
Join Rich Bowman for a lunch and lecture as he shares how the Conservancy is working with partners to protect Michigan’s iconic forests while also ensuring sustainable forestry practices.
Dive in to find out why and how we’re working with partners to rebuild a reef that provides critical spawning habitat for Great Lakes fish.
One of the largest coastal wetlands along Lake Erie, our Erie Marsh preserve provides critical habitat for wildlife and helps keep our freshwater clean.
In a win-win for nature and people, a defunct golf course in Saginaw is now a protected natural area, providing city residents with a convenient opportunity to connect with nature.
We’ve partnered with Detroit Public TV to start a conservation conversation across the Great Lakes region about current threats and potential solutions facing the Great Lakes.
Just how close are Asian carp to the Great Lakes? Lindsay Chadderton explains his role in pioneering a new screening tool that detects the DNA of these aquatic invasive species in an interview with nature.org. Learn more
From fish to fowl, find out which Michigan species come and go — and where and when.
We have identified 58 rivers in the Great Lakes basin as conservation priorities.