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3860 N. Long Lake Road, Suite D Traverse City, MI 49684
Protecting land in the northwest region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Manistee Counties.
Marilyn Doty Larson
Northern Michigan’s landscapes inspire and restore us. They are the vital and irreplaceable heart of our communities, as well as our economic base. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect significant natural, scenic, and farm lands, and advance land stewardship, now and for future generations.
In 1991, Rotary Charities of Traverse City determined that protecting natural resources was critical to our region’s quality of life and created a steering committee to establish the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Since then the Conservancy has worked to protect the important and significant landscapes that make our region special. To date, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and its volunteers and donors have protected over 32,000 acres of land and
nearly 100 miles of shoreline. The Conservancy was awarded accreditation in 2009 by the Land Trust Alliance.
Our efforts are focused on conserving critical watersheds (and thereby the region’s water quality); high quality, productive farm lands; valuable and scenic forests; crucial wetlands and other wildlife habitat; and Lake Michigan’s beautiful shore and dunes. We protect strategic parcels of land, using state-of-the-art tools to insure their permanent protection.
Our volunteer colleagues are critical to the continued success of land protection and land stewardship efforts in our region. They are indispensable, not only for bringing a wide range of skills, but also for bringing new ideas and providing important perspectives about our programs and activities. They work alongside staff throughout the organization, stewarding the
land, offering professional services, providing artistic talents, and performing many administrative and leadership functions.
Individuals, foundations and businesses can choose to support specific land protection projects or to sustain the important
daily work of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Flexible giving options include one-time or monthly donations, pledges, planned gifts, and gifts of real estate, charitable annuities, and securities.
We want you to enjoy the land and water the Conservancy has protected and we offer many opportunities to do so. Events are listed on our website, gtrlc.org, and our preserves are also open for use at your leisure.
Tough economic times have led to a self-imposed moratorium on new land acquisition projects that involve significant fundraising. Our focus is finishing the projects to which we have already committed:
This is a $2.5M challenge that we must meet head on with a sense of urgency. Our success in continuing to protect
community resources depends on the support of landowners, individual donors, businesses, foundations, and government.