Where We Work
The mission of the Conservancy is to "conserve, sustain, and connect natural areas, lands, and waters that make the places we live special." We believe that our work has an effect far beyond any political boundaries. The land we protect and steward is very diverse, ranging from pristine and undisturbed natural areas to fragmented ecosystems in the urbanized areas closer to the cities of Flint, Pontiac, and Detroit. We believe that all are essential to the quality of life and the economic vitality of the communities we serve.
Our vision for land conservation is one that enriches the relationship people have with special places close to home. We strive to make our work reflect that vision.
Healthy Habitat: Conserving Natural Areas, Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands
Water quality and the availability of good, healthy places for both wildlife and human beings is a priority in southeastern Michigan. By protecting natural areas in both rural and urban areas along rivers, streams and headwaters, we help to provide habitat and corridors for wildlife and also help to protect water quality. Wetland preservation is a high priority for the Conservancy and we help protect the important function of wetlands by protecting the areas that surround and drain into the wetlands in addition to preservation of the wetlands themselves.
Working Lands: Conserving Lands that Support Local Heritage
Every piece of land we conserve has its own special relationships with the community. We honor these relationships by working to preserve uses, such as farming, equestrian activities, timber production and recreation while protecting more fragile areas from human impact.
Stewardship: Managing our Protected Lands
Preservation is only the beginning of our commitment to a piece of land within a community. Our stewardship staff are active on every piece of land we protect, bringing know-how and resources to landowners and neighbors alike.
Education and Communication: Living Together in Harmony with Nature
All people benefit from healthy land and a connection to nature As we educate and communicate, we strive to truly serve the diversity of our constituency and create viable conservation solutions throughout the region.
Sustainability: Adding to the Economic Viability of Southeastern Michigan
We engage in partnerships with businesses and industries throughout southeastern Michigan. Our corporate partners provide important financial support to keep preservation moving forward In turn, corporations can rely on us to help provide the type of community that will attract and keep talented, creative workers. Together we share a vision of a southeast Michigan that is sustained by a vigorous economy and where everyone has access to healthy land.