For more than two decades the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected and cared for the region’s natural, scenic, farm and forest lands. With the support of individual donors and foundations, volunteers, and the partnership and leadership of local, state, and federal agencies, we have protected over 38,000 acres of land and more than 114 miles of shoreline along the region’s exceptional rivers, lakes and streams.
Fully accredited by the Land Trust Association, the Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with our own by-laws, policies, board, budget and staff. Our mission is to protect significant natural, scenic, and farm lands, and advance stewardship, now and for future generations. Our service area includes Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Manistee Counties.
Among our staff, our land protection experts use a variety of conservation tools to protect significant natural and working lands. Our stewardship team documents natural and man-made features on protected land, monitors over 200 conservation easements and maintains our 34 nature preserves. Our fund development and outreach teams creatively build relationships with individuals and foundations to secure the resources necessary to protect water quality, natural lands, working lands, scenic views, and places where people can enjoy nature. On every level, our work is supported by hundreds of volunteer colleagues.
We focus our land conservation efforts to permanently protect crucial wildlife habitat and corridors; critical watersheds, which protect the water quality of our region; unique high-quality farm lands; valuable forestland; and ecologically significant dunes along Lake Michigan’s beautiful and endangered shore. We protect land in several ways:
- By working with landowners to permanently protect private land through voluntary conservation easements
- By acquiring high quality natural lands by purchase or donation to create Conservancy owned nature preserves which are open to the public
- By assisting local units of government in creating or expanding public parks and natural areas that result in enhanced public access to nature and improved recreational opportunities
- By providing technical assistance to local units of government with the administration of farmland protection programs
Our conservation mission is an investment in our community and the generous gifts from our supporters have leveraged over $75 million in state and federal grants to our region.