If you are interested in clearing trails of wind-blown trees, deadfall, and new growth, please fill out the volunteer application. It is our goal to have a volunteer trail steward assigned to maintain each of the formal trails on our nature preserves.
Since 1972, the Little Traverse Conservancy has worked with landowners to establish 160 nature preserves encompassing more than 14,000 acres (as of mid 2012). The Conservancy has formal trail systems on twenty-three of its preserves. These preserves have a parking areas, trail maps, directional blazes or arrows, and the trails are consistently maintained by staff and volunteers. Conservancy trails vary in length and topography and meander through upland woods, meadows, and even wetlands where boardwalks protect sensitive habitat. Another ten preserves have informal trails, which typically are old logging or agricultural roads. These trails are not regularly maintained, and are not marked with maps or other signs.