The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy owns nature preserves that are open to the public! They are natural areas in need of protection and management for the ecological benefits they provide to people and the environment. They are open to the public for enjoyment, recreation, and education. They were purchased through collaborations with area partners or donated to the Conservancy.
Why preserve/own these properties?
Many of the lands we own are home to wetlands, which provide many benefits, including preserving water quality, reducing sediment entering rivers and the bay, providing a barrier to erosion along shorelines, helping with flood protection, and providing the beginning of the food chain. In addition to the environmental benefits of protecting coastal wetlands, the preserves provide recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. General purposes for the preserves are:
Preserves are monitored by a regular visit a minimum of every 3 months by members of the conservancy board, staff or other volunteers. It is our responsibility to ensure that the conservation purposes are achieved.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed
Click on the map. Our preserve locations are featured along with well-known landmarks. The entire 22-county Saginaw Bay Watershed is identified in the inset.
Our Nature Preserves