Protecting the Great Au Sable River

Introducing our 81st Conservation Easement

Conservation easements are one of the most powerful, effective tools available for the permanent conservation of private lands in the United States. The use of conservation easements has successfully protected millions of acres of wildlife habitat and open space, keeping land in private hands and offering significant public benefits. Together land trusts in Michigan have protected nearly 600,000 acres and counting. HeadWaters Land Conservancy is proud to offer landowners the expertise and tools needed to protect significant land throughout northeast Michigan. With each and every acre we protect we are strengthening the collective efforts of land conservancies throughout the state, while protecting the “Up North” we all enjoy. Continue reading “Protecting the Great Au Sable River”

Centennial Farm Protected from Future Development

By Cheryl Holladay

Steve Gardner, a fifth-generation farmer in Markey Township, celebrated the preservation of 240 acres of his almost 500-acre farm in Markey Township Sept. 12 in a Centennial Farm and conservation easement dedication, led by the HeadWaters Land Conservancy.

Gardner was joined by HeadWaters’ Executive Director Laura Justin and Development, Communication and Outreach Coordinator Paul Kogelschatz, as well as AmeriCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator Libby Benjamin, representatives from the Higgins Lake Foundation and Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy and friends from the area.

The farm has been owned by the Gardner family for more than 100 years. Gardner said he had attended a farm conference on how to save family farms and later contacted Justin to tell her about his goals. Continue reading “Centennial Farm Protected from Future Development”