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.
- Native Fisheries
- Watershed Connectivity
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Science and Policy
- Urban Conservation: Detroit
Clicking the links below will take you to Michigan preserves where the above strategies, in addition to traditional protection, are being implemented.
- Saginaw Bay Watershed (For an in-depth look at work happening in Saginaw Bay Watershed, visit Conservation Gateway.)
- Southern Fens and Savannahs
- Green Bay Watershed
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The Nature Conservancy strives to develop and apply the best available science to help set priorities, inform decisions and actions, and measure results.
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
Watch this video to learn how we're bringing critical wetlands back to life for birds and fish.