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  • Six Rivers and BNI partner on Network for Nature event!
  • Jim Lloyd Chairs Oakland County TWLA
  • StewDay Volunteers Wanted!
  • Protecting Black Creek Marsh
  • Pipelines and Preserves

Six Rivers & BNI Host Network for Nature Event at the Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham March 10th!

Come on out and network with new colleagues while supporting the mission of Six Rivers!  The Stand will donate 10% of proceeds from the event to Six Rivers.  5:30 - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 10th at The Stand Gastro Bistro, 34977 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI.  Click here for flyer with event details.

 

 

Our esteemed Board of Directors Secretary, Jim Lloyd, convened as Chair his first Trails Water Land Alliance meeting last week.  The Trails Water Land Alliance  (TWLA) is a group of dedicated peers facilitated by the Oakland County Planning Group who are concerned with supporting the Green Infrastructure Network in Oakland County. 

Jim, thank you for your continuing service for conservation and the "Nature Near You!"

Even though it's winter, stewardship still happens at Six Rivers!  Why not bundle up, get outside and join us at an upcoming stewardship work day (StewDay!) at the Golden Preserve for Biological Diversity Saturday, March 28 for woody invasive shrub & brush removal from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Call or email Danielle to register and receive directions for parking at Golden. (248)601-2816 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

More Land Protected in Black Creek Marsh

Another 8+ acres of Great Lakes coastal marsh in the Black Creek Marsh complex was added to the Lake St. Clair Metropark of Huron Clinton Metroparks (HCMA).  Six Rivers has been serving as project manager for HCMA in a series of acquisitions that will protect the remainder of the marsh system.  Another of the acquisitions closed on 12/17.  Three parcels remain to be acquired in this project, which is funded by the Carls Foundation, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and NOAA.

Pipelines and Preserves

The proposed ET ROVER Pipeline is slated to cut through the Lost Lake Preserve that was acquired last year.  The 538 acre preserve is protected by an easement held by Six Rivers and is owned and operated by Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy  (SMLC).  Six Rivers and SMLC are actively opposing the pipeline and its location, while at the same time working with ET ROVER to adjust the route on the property and address restoration concerns in case ROVER is successful in their bid to build it following the current plan.  The conservation easement prohibits pipelines and other utility corridors, but if the company is successful in proving a public need for the utility service they will be granted the ability to use eminent domain to complete the route.

ROVER is one of several pipeline proposals to bring gas from PA and WV to Michigan, other Midwestern states and Canada.  In addition to opposing the routing of ROVER because of its direct impacts to this preserve, this pipeline is also slated to cut through extremely sensitive lands in the South Branch of the Flint River and Belle River watersheds, where Six Rivers has done extensive work identifying priorities and seeking to protect them.  Other pipeline proposals would utilize existing rights-of-way. 

 The entire process is governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), while individual impacts are addressed by a range of agencies including MDEQ, USFWS, USEPA and others.  Six Rivers’ current approach is urging FERC to assess all pipeline proposals together to understand the full scope of demand and impacts, and then to require pipelines to make use of existing corridors to limit overall environmental impacts.  Six Rivers’ ED Chris Bunch testified before a FERC hearing in Flint on 12/10.  Click here for a link to his comments. Six Rivers has met with DTE, a major investor in one of the other proposals that uses existing right-of-way, and is working with other groups in Michigan and Ohio to steer the proposals to a common corridor to reduce impacts throughout the entire route.

 

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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