HeadWaters Land Conservancy

1st Annual Earth Day Recycling Fair

We celebrated Earth Day by having a Recycling Fair on Saturday, April 22nd at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Gaylord Michigan. Area youth constructed useful items from re-purposed and/or recycled items. Over 70 fantastic exhibits were displayed.

Salvation Army, Habitat Restore and Crossroads Industries also had displays of  examples of items that could be re-purposed and reused to keep out of the landfill.

Hourly workshops were held to craft unique items from wood, wine corks, strips of  material, wine bottles and plastic bottles.

 

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. 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

MICHIGAN STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

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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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