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Leelanau Conservancy

There's No Place Like Leelanau

Leland, MI   |  leelanauconservancy.org

Mission

The mission of the Leelanau Conservancy is to conserve the land, water, and scenic character of the Leelanau Peninsula.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. Thomas Nelson

Main address

PO Box 1007

Leland, MI 49654 USA

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EIN

38-2710855

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Our programs

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Land & Water Protection

The Conservancy believes in working together with like-minded individuals and families to find conservation solutions.  We operate with the philosophy that a good conservation transaction must be good for both the land and the people involved.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The mission of the Leelanau Conservancy is to conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County.

We work with willing landowners to protect their land through conservation easements. We purchase land to create naturals areas. We create trails and other opportunities for quiet recreation and welcome the public in our natural areas. We train volunteer docents to lead nature hikes through our natural areas. We control invasive species to protect natural habitat.

We are among the first group of land trusts in the country to become accredited through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

For every $1 of private donations we receive, we protect $4 worth of land.
We are supported by over 3,200 donors and 250 volunteers annually.

In 2016, The Leelanau Conservancy partnered with over 20 entities to request federal funds through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help fund the acquisition of farm conservation agreements described in this proposal. Our collaborative proposal, the Tribal Stream and Lake Michigan Fruitbelt Partnership, was awarded $7.9M to protect water quality in partnership with farm families in the region.

In 2018, we opened the first flow-style single track mountain bike trail in Northern Lower Michigan, expanding public recreational opportunities in our region and engaging the next generation of conservationists.

As of 2022, the Leelanau Conservancy has permanently conserved more than 16,000 acres of land, protected 50 miles of stream and shoreline frontage, and offers 35 miles of trails for the public to enjoy.

Since our formation in 1988, we've preserved over 16,000 acres and over 50 miles of shoreline/stream and river frontage, and worked with 200 families to preserve cherished lands. We've launched a farmland preservation program, established a renowned water-quality monitoring program, and created 28 Natural Areas and Preserves.

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Leelanau Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2023
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Board chair

Amy Tennis

Gina Erb

Amy Tennis

Roger Newton

Cammie Buehler

Rick Gans

Kathy Garthe

Susan Green

Alison Horton

Bill Witler

Mike O'Donnell

Jim Nugent

David Schimmel

Nick Loud

Art Kubert

Steve Martineau

Mary Cusick

Cam Lanphier

Pam Lysaght

Nancy Popa

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes