TNC is working with state leaders to find meaningful solutions to issues impacting Michigan's lands and waters.
In Michigan, from farms to freshwater, from wetlands to the Great Lakes, and from cities to forests, we are working to make tangible progress on the most pressing threats to our world today. The policies and management choices of our legislature, state and federal agencies and local partners have a direct impact on achieving the progress we all seek.
We are committed to finding solutions and working with our many partners to ensure that our lands and waters remain healthy and continue to provide for people and nature in a changing world.
The topics listed below showcase our goals for Michigan. To learn more about how we plan to achieve them, download our policy priorities.
Protecting Our Great Lakes and Coastal Communities
Vibrant Great Lakes are vital to Michigan’s economy and way of life. Stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species, maintaining and improving water quality and helping our coastal communities adapt to changing water levels will protect our Great Lakes and those who rely on them for their livelihoods and leisure.
Strengthen Great Lakes Fisheries and Coastal Communities
Promote healthy, diverse and productive Great Lakes fisheries that support the economic and recreational needs of coastal communities. Learn about fisheries.
Advancing a Low-Carbon Future
Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Collaborate with our federal and state policymakers to promote innovative technologies and adopt sensible strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help our ecosystems adapt to a changing climate. Learn about climate solutions.
Increase Protection of Resilient Lands and Waters
Prioritize conservation of resilient lands and waters that will enable plants and animals to adjust to climatic shifts. Learn about forest restoration.
Improving How We Manage Our Farms and Forests
Our working lands, farms and forests offer more than just a resource-based livelihood in Michigan. By helping land managers advance their stewardship of our farmlands and woodlands, we will benefit from cleaner water, reduced risk of diseases and pests, increased weather resiliency and richer outdoor experiences.
Manage Forests Sustainably
Increase the commercial and ecological value of commercial-scale forests by assisting landowners with developing and testing management practices to increase species diversity, pest resistance and potential for carbon storage. Learn about resilient forests.
Expand the Use of Healthy Soil Practices
Help farmland owners and managers integrate soil health and nutrient management practices into their farming systems to increase soil, nutrient and carbon retention. Learn about soil solutions.
Safeguarding Our Fresh Water
Safeguarding Our Fresh Water
Find solutions to help water utilities address infrastructure needs fairly and equitably. Learn about green stormwater infrastructure.