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Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Tour Big Success

The Board of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) toured portions of Macomb County and Lake St. Clair prior to their regularly scheduled August meeting, which was held at Lake St. Clair Metropark August 20.  The tour gave MNRTF board and staff an opportunity to see projects they had funded previously and to look at opportunities for future investments in conservation and recreation in the region.  Participants were taken to project sites on land by bus and then boarded a boat in New Baltimore see existing access sites and understand additional needs from the water. 

“The MNRTF is a critical resource in funding the conservation and recreation infrastructure that supports and enhances quality of life, economic activity, tourism and work force attraction and retention in the region.  They have invested over $250 million in the region since the inception of the trust fund.  Having the chance to show the leadership the impacts of their investments helps them see how important their work is to the recovery of the region” said Chris Bunch, Executive Director of Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

Steve DeBrabander, head of the Grants Management Section of the Michigan Depart of Natural Resources, said, “This was a great opportunity for our board and staff to gain an understanding of the area. It really helps us understand how the projects we evaluate work out on the ground.”

The tour was put on by a host committee led by Six Rivers Land Conservancy that also included Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development (MCDPED), Huron Clinton Metroparks (HCMA) and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).  Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel served as honorary chair of the committee and welcomed the MNRTF to the area prior to the tour.

 The MNRTF is funded with royalties from oil and gas development on State land.  It invests in acquisition and development is land for conservation and recreation for the state and for local units of government in Michigan.  It has been a major funding source for local parks, water access and other conservation and recreation projects throughout the region.

 Read more about the tour of regional MNRTF projects and opportunities at Make Macomb Your Home and at The Voice.

The beach was there for you all summer... Now it's your turn!

Join a Great Lakes Cleanup near you on Saturday, September 20 9 am - noon.  Just go to greatlakesadopt.org to find an event near you!

Program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes as part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

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Southeast Michigan's Natural Heritage

Six Rivers Helps Secure Major New Nature Preserve!

Six Rivers helped Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC ) acquire the new 538 acre Lost Lake Preserve in northern Oakland and southern Genesee counties.  Six Rivers holds a conservation easement on the preserve, which will be managed by SMLC.  An anonymous donor funded the acquisition.  The preserve can be seen between exit 106 and Baldwin Road on I-75.  It includes two lakes, wetlands, forest, remnant prairie and other habitat types.  The preserve will be opened to the public sometime in 2014 when access has been developed.

    Lost Lake in the News! 

    NBC Article - New Preserve

    MLive Preview Hike


 ~ Help Us Protect the Nature near you ~

 Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization made up of members, donors and volunteers who believe it is important to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources that sustain us. We recognize and understand the value of an inviting landscape and a strong and vibrant natural resource base in our communities; it makes them attractive and healthy places to live and attracts people and institutions that create prosperity.

Toward that end, our work is with landowners who, on a voluntary basis, choose to take steps to protect their land and the integrity of the natural resources on it. For the most part our work is with private landowners who share these values for our natural heritage and choose to act on them in measurable, permanent ways. Though we are not a government or regulatory agency, on occasion they may have a role in a project we are involved in.

We also recognize that the opposite is true—when natural resources are degraded, our prosperity suffers. Similarly, public health and infrastructure costs increase.  For example treating the drinking water we all require or the discharges into the lakes and streams that provide recreation, beauty and fisheries. Our work supports vibrant and healthy economies, communities and natural resources. We invite you to join us as we work to sustain the best qualities of our region.

"Frosty Sentinel" by Mike Bauman   -   Photo Contest 2012