Protecting Land & Water


Michigan’s natural resources are iconic in beauty and global in significance.  Our quality of life depends, in part, on maintaining a balance between open land and well-planned development, managing growth and protecting the natural environment.  To that end, we support efforts to enhance, restore, protect and connect land and watersheds, regional trailways, parklands and other greenways widely enjoyed by the public.

Our grantmaking priorities include:

  • Preserving and restoring significant lakes and streams
  • Expanding and connecting regional trails and greenways
  • Protecting critical lands including farmland, parkland, and natural habitat areas

Featured Stories

Conservation Resource Alliance

Members of the Conservation Resource Alliance know how to apply good science to restore water quality in rivers and stabilize stream banks. They know what it takes to remove old dams and culverts and improve habitat for fish. A key to their success is they know how to foster collaborative land-use solutions that bring together private landowners, government agencies, non-profits, volunteers, funders and businesses with shared goals and a long view.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

You can’t go far in Michigan without crossing a stream, following a river or spotting the sparkle of an inland lake. In a region that contains more than 20% of the world’s fresh surface water, it’s easy to take for granted all that glorious water. Yet, because of human intervention, the quality of Michigan’s waters has diminished considerably in the past 200 years, and everything from tourism and the fishing industry to property values and our health is feeling the impact.

Top of Michigan Trails Council

Michigan has the largest network of rail trails in the country. Top of Michigan Trails Council helps that effort by empowering and supporting the efforts of local trail groups and providing guidance to trail communities throughout the state on how to market themselves as trail-friendly destinations for tourists.

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