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Protecting the Great Lakes State

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.

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Inspire: 2014 Conservation Results Report

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.

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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)

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