As of the fall of 2017, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is working on several exciting land protection and stewardship projects throughout our five-county service area. Our Priority Land Atlas (PLA) guides us as we protect land throughout the region.

The PLA includes carefully selected scoring criteria that we use to identify properties with the highest conservation values in our service area. By taking a close look at natural features, habitat rarity, size of wetlands, length of shoreline, adjacency to previously protected land and more, we’ve got a clear and concise map of the best remaining unprotected jewels in our area.

For more information on any of these projects, please contact Anthony Rupard at (231) 929-7911 or arupard@gtrlc.org.

Farmland Protection

Farming is a way of life in northern Michigan. Help us protect 2,000 acres of critical fruitbelt farmland in our five-county service area.
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Arcadia Marsh UA Trail

This new trail will allow people of all ages and abilities to explore the wonders of this important ecosystem.
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Platte River Park

Help the community of Honor acquire land for a beautiful public park along the Platte River!
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Torch Ridge

This privately owned farm has a mile long ridge that looms over the east side of Torch Lake in Antrim County. It's one of the largest intact parcels in the immediate vicinity of Torch Lake!
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Copeland Farm

This property is important from both an ecological and historical perspective. Help us raise money to permanently protect this special place.
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Arcadia Marsh Additions

Help us add two critical additions to this ecologically important preserve in northern Manistee County.
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Acme Bayside Park

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Sand Lakes DNR Assist

This 160-acre parcel in Grand Traverse County’s Whitewater Township is tremendously important from a recreational standpoint. It’s surrounded on all sides by the Pere Marquette State Forest
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Maplehurst

This spectacular 400-acre property is one of the largest remaining intact and undeveloped parcels near Torch Lake. From 1955 until 2011 it was home to Camp Maplehurst, a summer camp beloved by generations of campers and counselors.
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Upper Manistee Headwaters Preserve (Camp Tapico)

Rarely does the Conservancy have the opportunity to protect a place a special as the former Camp Tapico in central Kalkaska County. This property, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts for about 80 years, spans 1,288 acres.
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