Loving Life in the Great Lakes State

Welcome to Michigan

When you think about Michigan, what comes to mind? Maybe you remember a walk along a favorite beach or a bonfire by the lake on a warm summer night after spending a day fishing with family and friends. We love Michigan, too, and we’re using science-based strategies to work with partners to keep our water clean, our soil healthy and the places we remember just as special for our kids and grandkids.

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Ten years after acquiring the Two Hearted River Forest Reserve, we’re putting our sustainable forestry practices into place with our “forest to floor” project turning our timber into a basketball championship court.


Spring and warmer weather is finally here! We share your excitement from escaping winter’s cabin feature and exploring the best that Michigan has to offer. We’re proud and excited to share the results of our work and our vision for the future in our latest newsletter, Field Notes from Michigan.


Running through your backyard and into the woods is a favorite memory for many Michiganders, including this MSU student who wrote about how his childhood memories fuel his future goals. How did you explore nature growing up? Where do you find it now? Read a blog

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Getting Butterflies

“Remember the first day when you took me out. We had butterflies, although we tried to hide it.” Beyonce often sings about “getting butterflies” in her songs, despite being more famously attached with bees. Learn more about butterflies and other pollinators with this slideshow.

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May 19, 2017
$20 million grant for U of M Great Lakes research
April 09, 2017
Op-Ed: Keeping our Great Lakes great — Advocating for GLRI
April 05, 2017
Hard maple: why basketball's perfect surface has lasted more than a century
March 31, 2017
Saving the Two-Hearted Forest, One Final Four Floor at a Time
March 05, 2017
Michigan to offer prize in fight against invasive Asian carp
January 20, 2017
$10 deal will turn closed GM foundry & landfill in Michigan into urban park
November 04, 2016
Newberry students witness ceremonial tree felling for NCAA Final Four basketball courts
October 27, 2016
Michigan Dune Alliance helps protect Michigan's iconic sand dunes from invasive species
October 18, 2016
Wildlife refuge could play role in revitalizing struggling urban area
September 02, 2016
Protecting the Saginaw Bay Watershed & the Headwaters of the Shiawassee River
August 25, 2016
Nooks and crannies: Project rebuilds spawning habitats in Grand Traverse Bay
July 05, 2016
NASA joins fight against invasive Great Lakes shoreline plant
July 03, 2016
New Trustees for The Nature Conservancy's Michigan Chapter


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