For Great Lakes Natural Resources

Our work has direct benefits for the woodlands and waters here in the “headwaters of the Great Lakes.” Each year we improve the health of our region’s world-class natural resources by reconnecting stream systems, keeping pollution from our rivers and lakes, restoring native plant communities and protecting rare species like the Kirtland’s warbler. Our projects have stabilized eroding streambanks, replanted and diversified forests, pushed back noxious invasive plants and improved wildlife habitat in many ways across our beautiful state.

For Quality of Life in Our Communities

We know that many people are drawn to live in Northeast Michigan because they enjoy the “Up North” lifestyle and the peace and rejuvenation it offers. Improving the quality of our forests, lakes and streams and the opportunities to access them responsibly provides a better experience for outdoor recreationists. We encourage people to see, touch, value and take pride in what makes Northeast Michigan such a special place. We also give people the knowledge and tools to be better stewards of both public and private land.

For the Economy in Northeast Michigan

For more than four decades our work has made a significant impact to local economies across Northeast Michigan—to the tune of more than two million dollars invested in our region’s natural resources each year! We use the services of local engineers, contractors and vendors to carry out our conservation work, and the high-quality outdoor experience we protect provides jobs for natural resource managers, recreation-based businesses and the tourism industry.