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. Read More

Discover MI Birds at Wakeley Lake


Birding Hike 2015

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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



Seven Myths of Michigan Public Lands

This is article does a great job refuting many of the common myths about our states public lands. Thanks to Paul Rose for his diligent work preparing such a well written and researched article.

Northern Michigan Conservation Network

Many may recall the debate in 2012 surrounding what was then known as the “Land Cap” bill. Although some improvements to the original bill were secured, PA 240 of 2012 became law and thereby established a 4.6 million acre limit on the amount of land that the State of Michigan could own and manage. One of the key provisions found in the final version of the bill was that the cap would be removed subsequent to the completion of an acceptable strategic plan for public land acquisition and disposal by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The timeline for the planning process and its approval was to have been two years from the date of the law. Now, nearly three years later, there appears to be little support for revisiting the issue of Land Plan approval and land cap removal.

This is not to suggest that we need more…

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Double Your Dollars Challenge

Through a generous matching grant from the J.A. Woollam Foundation your donation to HeadWaters Land Conservancy has the potential to be matched dollar for dollar. Read More

Family Snowshoe Hike

Thanks to all who attended the Family Snowshoe Hike. We had a great time and look forward to having more snowshoe hikes next season. Here are some photos from the event. Read More