The Land Stewardship Committee (LSC) develops conservation projects and facilitates stewardship activities on HWLC owned properties and conservation easements held by the conservancy. The committee reviews potential projects and suggests the best options to the land owner. The committee also reviews monitoring data collected, to look for changes in ecological conditions or other impacts needing attention. When appropriate, this committee also works with landowners who are interested in stewardship of their land. Volunteers meet on a monthly basis to plan and implement project activities. The purpose is to protect and maintain the natural and cultural resources being preserved on these parcels, including wildlife habitat, water and forest resources, scenic vistas, as well as historic structures and their related cultural values.
One of the main duties of the LSC is to aid in the development of baseline reports, Conservation Easements and management plans for each potential conservation easement. A baseline assessment is a compilation of information about each parcel. It covers the acquisition history; the historic and current uses; it documents the parcel’s significant natural and cultural features; and assesses the current condition of its resources. After each baseline assessment is completed, the LSC suggests management plan for each parcel. The management plan forms the basis for conducting ongoing maintenance of the properties as well as proposing improvements. The management plans are developed with input from the land owner and Land Protection Specialist.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“Protecting the Great Lakes is my biggest driving force in land protection.”
“The conservation of our natural resources, especially land in Northeast Michigan has long been a passion of mine. Working as a board member of HWLC with others even more passionate about land than I, we have helped landowners conserve and preserve lands that will benefit everyone who lives or visits in Northeast Michigan. All of the activities from working with land owners and monitoring their easements to advocating for Headwaters to the sometimes tough decisions required by the board are invigorating and the good that we do will last forever”.
“I hope the mission of HeadWaters can guide decision makers on the importance of open space, beauty in undeveloped landscapes, need for biodiversity, and clean air and water”.
“It is satisfying to be part of an organization that helps secure the North Country from development”.
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“Because I see it and other land conservancies as a solution, a way for those of us who love the outdoors and the beauty of wild places to fight back against uncontrolled development and make sure there’s still beauty and wild places in Northern Michigan long after we’re gone. I feel we need to protect private land with high conservation value from development. A number of conservation organizations focus on habitat protection, some of whom I also support, but none of those organizations focus on protecting private land from being split into smaller parcels and then developed. Land conservancies do just that and Headwaters is the land conservancy that does it in Northeast Michigan.”