Guidelines & Hunting Information
for Conservancy Nature Preserves
The Conservancy works hard to balance the public uses offered on our preserves with protection of their natural integrity and scenic beauty for future generations. Recreational, educational, and scientific use of the preserves is encouraged, as long as it does not interfere with our primary goals of preservation and protection. We welcome you to explore and enjoy our beautiful preserves, keeping in mind that you are a temporary visitor to the homes of many plants and animals.
Please enjoy: Hiking, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, and similar low-impact activities.
Please refrain from: Snowmobiling, camping, fires, dumping or littering, removal of vegetation, off-road vehicles.
- Hunting is allowed only on designated preservesand with written permission only. Contact the Conservancy office at (231) 347-0991 for more information or to receive a permission form. Below is a linke to the online hunting form. Once received, a copy will be signed and returned to you. Please note that you must have the signed form with you while hunting.Little Traverse Conservancy’s online hunting form
- State law requires that all dogs must be on a leash while visiting preserves.
- During hunting season, here is a list of preserves that are good for hiking, but NOT open for hunting.
Please help us keep our preserves in good condition. Contact the Conservancy office at 231.347.0991 if you notice any inappropriate activity on a preserve or if trails, parking areas, or signs need attention. Preserves and trails require a good deal of management and maintenance. We appreciate the assistance of the many individuals who help monitor and provide stewardship for our preserves and trails. Please contact our office if you are interested in participating in the Conservancy’s stewardship program.
Public parks are generally established to handle more intensive use than our preserves and are maintained by the state and local governments across the North. Those parks which have been established with help from the Conservancy are identified. Please refer to the rules and regulations of the appropriate authorities when visiting these properties.