Our Land, Our Water, Our Future

The key to success in life is planning.  Knowing what is on the horizon allows us to predict what the next few weeks, months or even years will look like.  But in the world of land conservation, we are often surprised by what walks in the door or calls on the phone.  Fortunately, these “surprises” are usually wonderful, in the form of magnificent parcels of land or unexpected opportunities with conservation partners. True, my nature prefers to know exactly what is going to happen next but I’ve learned to be less rigid and go with the flow.

Sometimes the unexpected comes in the form of something that really changes your world.  That change for HeadWaters comes in the form of Camp Michi-Lu-Ca, a new land acquisition by the J. A. Woollam Foundation. This former camp is in the process of being restored back to a more natural setting. Through a partnership between the J.A. Woollam Foundation and HeadWaters Land Conservancy we invite you to join us at what will become our next nature preserve and community conservation area. This magnificent property is located in Fairview, Michigan and is the site of this year’s Annual Appreciation Picnic. During the August 1st gathering, we will be unveiling our very ambitious plans for the future and hope to be joined by Dr. John Woollam so that you can hear his story of how all of this came to be.

We are very anxious to share our plans with each and every contributor, volunteer, conservation easement donor and partner.  Because of your support throughout the years, because of your diligence and faith, and because of your deep love for the land of northeast Michigan, HeadWaters Land Conservancy now has the opportunity to transform into an organization with endless opportunities and possibilities.  There is no better way to express our gratitude to you than to simply say “Thank You” and promise that we will continue to give you our very best.

Laura Justin

Executive Director

HeadWaters Land Conservancy

With Every Eligible Purchase You Make, Amazon Will Donate 0.5% to HWLC

We’re excited to announce that HeadWaters Land Conservancy is now an AmazonSmile participant! AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the conservancy every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you. Simply click on the banner below and sign in with your Amazon account information (or create an account if you do not already have one).HWLCAmazon_smile_banner-300x254
With every eligible purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% to HWLC. Your Amazon experience does not change; you will still find the same low prices, huge selection and convenience that you know and love, but with the added bonus of supporting local conservation. As you are filling your cart with holiday gifts this season, know that you are supporting us in our mission to preserve land for everyone’s benefit and helping to sustain our vibrant communities.

Become a Volunteer Land Steward

Training sessions provide an in-person opportunity for volunteers to interact, share stories, and meet mentors, new volunteers, and staff.

Volunteer Land Steward Training Session
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Time: 2PM – 5PM
Location: HWLC Conservation Easement property (less than 10 minutes east of Gaylord). Directions provided upon registration.

Registration required.

Call 989-731-0573 or email LBenjamin@headwatersconservancy.org to register.
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Land Steward but not available on May 20th? No problem! Contact Libby at the HWLC office for more information. Continue reading

The Michigan Forest Association Advocates Conservation Easements as A Long-term Approach to Caring for Your Land

Michigan is home to 20 million acres of forestland, making it one of the ten most forested states. Forty percent of those forests are owned by more than 400,000 individuals and families. Michigan’s forests support more than 125,000 jobs and contribute more than $17 billion to Michigan’s economy annually. Michigan forests are vital in preserving our economy, heritage, and the overall health of the community in which we live. In the 2015 winter edition of Michigan Forest Association’s (MFA) magazine “Michigan Forests” guest columnist and HeadWaters Land Conservancy supporter Mike Mang discusses the use of conservation easements as a long-term approach to caring for Michigan forest land. Mike Mang is a retired DNR forester and MFA member. Mike is a volunteer at HeadWaters Land Conservancy, and serves on our Land Protection Committee and Board of Directors. The Michigan Forest Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating its members and the public about the benefits of proper forest management.

Read Mike’s article here Michigan Forests Magazine Winter 2015

MICHIGAN STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

MICHIGAN IS MY HOME. Continue reading