Heroes of Conservation: The Leelanau Conservancy

The Leelanau Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County. Protecting farmland, preserving the shoreline and creating natural spaces for all area visitors to enjoy: The Leelanau Conservancy was established in 1988 to support the preservation of the natural beauty, ecological integrity and working farms of the Leelanau Peninsula.

From summer nature hikes to volunteer opportunities, here’s a rundown of a few Conservancy events and activities open to the public this summer.

Many would say that there is no more beautiful place on Earth than Leelanau County. For over 25 years, The Leelanau Conservancyand its supporters have been devoted to preserving Leelanau’s unique natural landscapes, working farms, pristine water quality and sense of community. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading land trusts, we are grateful to serve as the conduit for those who love Leelanau and want to preserve this special place for future generations.

Together with caring landowners, private organizations and the general public, the Conservancy has:

Becoming a member of the Leelanau Conservancy is likely to be the most important investment you could make in Leelanau. In recent years we have preserved $4 worth of land for every $1 donated—that’s because private gifts are springboards to matching grants and landowner donations.

Get to Know The Leelanau Conservancy

The Conservancy’s work remains rooted in the protection of land through the cooperation of people in the local community. With the help of our members and volunteers, the Conservancy has forever protected places like the Lake Leelanau NarrowsCrystal River,Houdek Dunes and their newest natural area, Clay Cliffs, with its 1,700 feet of shoreline on both Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau.

For a complete list of Conservancy-sponsored hikes, work bees and activities, to join, or make a donation visit www.leelanauconservancy.org.