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Dear Abby,

It is only a matter of days before Michigan’s political leadership dramatically changes. Due to term limits, a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State will be elected. More than 70% of our state senators and representatives will be new to office when they take their oath in January.

Along with communicating our policy agenda, Heart of the Lakes will be proactively meeting with incoming policymakers to carrry
the message that land conservation is essential to a healthy environment and a prosperous economy.

As we make this political transformation over the next few weeks, we hope that you will urge candidates and then newly elected officials to:

  1. Strengthen land conservation in the private and public sector
  2. Protect and enhance current revenue streams dedicated to the conservation, protection and management of Michigan’s natural resources
  3. Stand up to threats to Michigan’s land and waters
  4. Become our allies in land protection, and please, make your own vote count for conservation


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Rachel Kuntzsch, Executive Director


Policy Update

Michigan May Be the Most Important State for the Easement Incentive!

The “lame duck” session of Congress, beginning November 15, could be a unique opportunity to make the enhanced easement incentive permanent—but it will require support from Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Dave Camp and Representative Sander Levin.

The enhanced incentive helps landowners choose conservation by increasing the maximum tax deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement and the number of years over which a donor can take deductions, among other provisions. Heart of the Lakes and its member groups will be asking Michigan’s legislators to assure the enhanced easement incentive becomes permanent.  

Member News

Land Conservation News

Michigan Conservancies Honored at National Land Trust Conference

Heart of the Lakes members, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and the Little Forks Land Conservancy were given special recognition earlier this month at the Land Trust Alliance’s national conference. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy received the National Land Trust Excellence Award, the highest bestowed to land trusts by the Alliance. Singled out from over 1,700 land trusts nationwide, SWMLC was recognized for their pioneering work in developing and implementing conservation management plans and strategic conservation planning.

The Little Forks Conservancy was also recognized at the conference as one of the most recent land trusts in the country to receive national accreditation. By meeting the very highest ethical and technical standards, accreditation assures the quality and performance of Little Fork’s land conservation work and recognizes their ability to protect important natural places and working lands forever. Congratulations to them both! Read the full article

Project Highlights: Focus on Fall Migration

Keweenaw Land Trust’s Manitou Island Light Station Preserve

Manitou Island Light Station Preserve is an historic light station along  93 acres of unique island habitat, located six miles from the eastern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the 1,000 acre uninhabited Manitou Island. Read more about the preserve, the lighthouse Keweenaw Land Trust is working to rehabilitate, and the important role the preserve plays as refuge for migrating raptors, water and land birds.

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy’s Pinconning Nature Preserve

With 38.5 acres and 2,165 feet of frontage on the Pinconning River, Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy's Pinconning Nature Preserve provides significant natural habitat including a variety of wetland ecotypes. Corridor wetlands  and upland wildlife habitats create a natural “greenway” within ¼ mile of Lake Huron. Find out more about the 1.1 mile trail system in the preserve and a list of bird and other species you may observe there.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy led guided hikes as part of a public celebration to reopen the Gibralter Bay Unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge this month. Local and federal elected officials, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were on hand at the event. The Refuge will protect and restore habitat for 300 species of migratory birds in Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

Heart of the Lakes Sixth Annual Summit

March to One Million: Seeking Sponsors for 6th Annual Summit

March 3, 2011 is the Heart of the Lakes 6th Annual Summit at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Sponsorship of the Summit is a great opportunity to showcase your conservation commitment at the premier gathering of Michigan’s land conservancies and their partners. Learn More about sponsorship opportunities here.

Events and Training

Advancing Conservancy Excellence

Ask An Expert
Maximize Your Year-End Appeal: Tips and Strategies for Success
Friday, November 5, 2010  10:00 – 11:00 am, no cost
Led by Judy Anderson, Principal, Community Consultants

Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy

Heart of the Lakes Sixth Annual Summit
March to One Million!
Thursday, March 3, 2011, All Day
Radisson Hotel, Downtown Lansing

Land Trust Alliance On-Line Trainings

Protect Your Land Trust!  Drafting Conflict of Interest and Whistleblower Policies
November 9, 2010, 7:00 pm ET, $50 per connection
Instructor:  Konrad Liegel

Introduction to Easement Amendments
November 10, 2010, 2:00 pm ET, $50 per connection
Instructor:  Jane Ellen Hamilton

Land Trust Accreditation Commission—Accreditation Series
The following free webinars are offered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, note that space is limited:
Introduction to Accreditation
November 9, 2:00 pm ET

In-Depth—The Pre-Application Process
November 18, 2010, 12:00 pm ET OR
Tuesday, December 7, 3:00 pm ET

In-Depth—The Application Process
January 13, 3:00 pm ET OR
January 18, 12:00 pm ET

Other Training Opportunities:   

The Stewardship Network

Using GPS and GIS to Track Invasive Species, Free Webinar
November 10, 2010, 11:45 am to 1pm ET

2011 Stewardship Network Conference
January 21 – 22
Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

Michigan Nonprofit Association

For training opportunities throughout the state, check out the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Statewide Training Calendar:

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