Welcome to Michigan
Michigan sits at the heart of the Great Lakes basin, the largest source of surface freshwater in the world. Those who live here can't help but feel inextricably linked to the lands and waters around us. We understand that time spent outdoors, enjoying wildlife and spectacular landscapes, gives us meaning and allows us to rejuvenate and escape. We’ve built our economies and communities around the natural resources here. The Nature Conservancy's goal is to protect and restore the natural systems and places critical to the well-being of nature and people in Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes region, for generations to come.
To learn about the broad, innovative strategies our conservation staff are developing and the priority places where they are being put into action, visit How We Work. Below are stories about individual conservation projects designed to protect and transform, and the people who inspire our work.
Alive with the chorus of spring peepers and wildflowers blooming, this preserve is ideal for a nature hike in April or May.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Conservation Partnership has been chosen to receive $10 million in funding under the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
The past year was one of immense collaboration: With partners, we used sound science to set meaningful conservation goals, introduced new tools to help land managers make practical decisions, and worked side by side with policy makers to ensure Michigan’s natural resources are used sustainably and protected from degradation. Read more about our results from 2014.
Think you know which invasive speices to be on the lookout for? Well, here are a few that may surprise you.
Fire is an essential natural process. Learn why we are reintroducing fire back into many of Michigan’s natural landscapes.
Why would the world's largest land trust organization ever transfer land? Click through this slideshow to see how and why we transfer properties to local, state and federal partners.
Follow avid birder and photographer Bob as he explains the joy and satisfaction of birding in the Great Lakes region in this video produced by Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy is working with agricultural partners to find innovative solutions to protect our waterways.
See the world’s largest freshwater dune system and learn how we’re working with partners to protect this magnificent shoreline for plants, people… and piping plovers!
- May 22, 2015
- When Power Island Was Henry Ford's Playground
- May 09, 2015
- Ohio asks neighboring states to help fight Lake Erie's algae
- April 28, 2015
- Bigger bang for your buck: Restoring fish habitat by removing barriers
- April 03, 2015
- Upper Peninsula wood used in Final Four court built by Michigan company
- March 26, 2015
- Saginaw Bay Watershed receives $2.5 million for conservation project
- March 16, 2015
- Saginaw seeks money to put 'Riverfront Park' where GM plant once stood
- February 18, 2015
- Detroit River: The good, the bad, the ugly
- January 23, 2015
- Officials taking regional approach to birding
- January 14, 2015
- The Nature Conservancy and Michigan Agri-Business Association Move Forward with Innovative Water Quality Partnership in Michigan's Saginaw Bay Watershed
- November 03, 2014
- MACD Honors Mary Fales and The Nature Conservancy with 2014 Friend of Conservation Award
- October 28, 2014
- The Coastal Wetlands of Western Lake Erie: Have We Lost our Swiss Army Knife?
- August 13, 2014
- Mending the Meander with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- July 23, 2014
- Girls from New York City experience the outdoors in the U.P.
- April 11, 2014
- Nature Conservancy gets $1M grant for purchase of St. Martin Island, improving wetlands
- January 06, 2014
- Restoring Lake Erie's largest wetland (Great Lakes Echo)
- January 05, 2014
- Great Lakes Only Region In U.S. To Gain Wetlands, Report Finds (Huffington Post)