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

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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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What Inspires You? Submit Your Story or Photos

We want to hear from you!

Do you have an inspiring photo of one of Michigan’s special places? Maybe an essay or poem you wrote about a special place you go with your family? If you have an inspiring written piece, or picture of a special place in northeast Michigan, we invite you to share it with us. We are currently looking for everything you love about nature and its protection to use in future newsletters, here on our website, and in other publications. We need your help showing people why Michigan’s special places are so important and why we are in the business of protecting them. Submissions we receive will be featured and used to communicate the impact of special, protected places. Continue reading

Let Us Know How You Are Spending Your Winter

Are the cold, snowy days calling you outdoors? Where are you and your family finding winter fun this season? There are many great ways to experience “Up North” Michigan in the winter months, tell us what activities you enjoy most.  Just make sure to have the hot cocoa ready when everyone comes back inside!

 Don’t forget to check out the Sturgeon River Preserve this winter!