How We Work

Our goal is to achieve lasting conservation results that benefit the people and nature of Michigan.

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Challenges like invasive species, habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change impacts, and altered hydrology threaten the health of Michigan, both ecologically and economically. To ensure that future generations will enjoy the same benefits of living here that we do today, we must address these threats with a long-term, comprehensive plan of action.

What we are doing

In order to protect and restore Michigan’s natural systems, The Nature Conservancy is using a multi-faceted approach that includes:

  • Developing broad, innovative strategies that can be applied across large natural systems—forests, water, and coasts—that span Michigan and the Great Lakes basin, and
  • Putting these strategies into action in priority places within these systems.

Strategies for Using Nature Sustainably

These strategies align with those being employed throughout the Great Lakes.

Priority Places

Clicking the links below will take you to Michigan preserves where the above strategies, in addition to traditional protection, are being implemented.






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Published Scientific Reports

From inventorying Great Lakes islands to studying the effectiveness of land protection for aquatic systems, research conducted and communicated by Conservancy scientists help inform others working on conservation issues.

Do you want to partner with the Conservancy to do research on our preserves? If you are a professor or student at an academic institution and would like to help The Nature Conservancy discover answers to Conservation Science research questions, please fill out a research application. Download

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