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Current Projects

Charlevoix County Land Preservation Effort

In 2017 the Little Traverse Conservancy established its first preserve in the Village of Norwood with a wonderful land donation from Marion Light, named the George and Marion Light Nature Preserve. Located less than one mile from the Village of Norwood, the conservation of this property helped the Conservancy to further its mission to protect natural diversity and beauty, while satisfying the Village’s goal to preserve the scenic open space that characterizes this rural community. Its establishment also drummed up an amazing amount of local support, demonstrating to LTC the value of neighborhood land conservation to the people of Norwood.

The conservation momentum continues! LTC has recently Optioned the 10 acre “McDowell” property for the appraised price of $25,000 (pictured above).  We have until June 1st to raise the monies and complete this 10 acre preserve expansion.

The purchase of the McDowell property would create the Village of Norwood’s second nature preserve, while adding to the Light Preserve and increasing the size of the protected area in the Village to 32 acres. The property will also preserve a scenic landscape, sensitive wetlands and significant wildlife habitat.  The property will also provide a wonderful opportunity for future nature study and recreation.

You can help!  LTC has already received $17,000 in pledges and donations —  and we now need only $8,000 to “finish the fundraising”. Please click below to donate or contact Ty Ratliff at 231.347.0991 to learn more about this southern Charlevoix County land purchase/preservation effort.

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The Land and Water Education Fund

Established in 2014 by Ian and Sally Bund, the Land and Water Education Fund supports environmental education to children of all ages through Little Traverse Conservancy, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide income specifically to support the education programs of LTC and TOMWC.  Collaborative efforts such as the Watershed Academy which is now in its third year will be supported by this fund, as will other educational efforts of the two groups.  This fund provides donors with an option that makes the most of their investment in education programs that teach children about land and water issues.

We ask Conservancy supporters to consider supporting the Land and Water Education Fund in their will, trust, or other charitable giving plans. Contact Ty Ratliff at 231.347.0991 for more information.