Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

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; some of these lands are the "best of the best" and become nature preserves which are open to the public
  • By assisting local units of government with land transfers 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

By the end of 2008, the Conservancy had protected 31,710 acres of irreplaceable natural, scenic, and farm lands and over 90 miles of shoreline along our exceptional rivers, lakes, and streams through land acquisition, conservation easements, and land transfers.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has assisted more than a dozen units of government in creating or expanding public natural areas and parks. Since 1991, we have helped secure over $40 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund on behalf of community-led land conservation efforts across our service region.

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Contact Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Contact Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Matt McDonough
Director of Land Protection & Stewardship
3860 North Long Lake Rd
Ste D
Traverse City, Michigan  49684-7204
Phone: (231) 929-7911
Fax: (231) 929-0433


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  • Michigan

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