The Nature Conservancy is committed to conserving the lands and waters of Michigan for all. Guided by science, we are working to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Science drives our work to create sustainable strategies that provide practical solutions to today’s biggest challenges. We use a variety of tools in our conservation toolbox from policy and protection to advancing awareness and applications in these priorities.
Knowing where, when and how to place the right conservation practices on agricultural lands is critical to improving water quality. Conservancy scientists are working on conservation practices, water quality and fish communities in the places like Saginaw Bay.
Improving the health of Michigan’s forests requires us to work at-scale across the state. This means not only practicing sustainable management on our own forested lands, but also influencing the management choices of other forest landowners. See how we’re doing that.
Michigan has more than 3,200 miles of shoreline. To achieve the thriving coasts we envision, we must work in concert with other organizations and agencies in locations across the state. Learn how sharing our science and stewardship crews makes a difference.
Our comprehensive AIS strategy aims to prevent new introductions, minimize spread with early detection and response, reduce negative impacts, facilitate regional leadership and share information. sharing. Read about our pilot projects using new tools and practices to demonstrate their effectiveness.
Conservancy scientists are working with a consortium of groups to research and map critical habitat to prioritize restoration and protection, restore native fish populations and reduce threats such as AIS. Conservation on land and action in the water is working to revive freshwater fish populations.
A thriving fish population depends on connected waterways damaged by aging infrastructure, climate change and other stressors. By mapping migration and concentrations overlapped with threats, we can prioritize action for repairs and restoration.
Our work in Detroit and other cities seeks to find nature-based solutions for managing stormwater, converting former factory fields and connecting nature to places where people live. Learn more about this emerging conservation strategy.