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September, 2009
Accreditation Roundtable at Summit

On the path toward national accreditation? The 2009 Summit includes an accreditation roundtable, Getting Accredited from Those Who Know How, with representatives from Michigan’s growing list of accredited land conservancies. Join the conversation and find out how Chikaming Open Lands, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and Leelanau Conservancy organized and prepared for accreditation.

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Policy Update

Current Policy Focus: State

Control of Michigan’s Wetlands

SB 785 (Birkholz R-Saugatuck Township) was reported out of the Senate  Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, September 16. The bill provides an alternative to the Governor’s proposal to relinquish Michigan’s delegated authority to manage the wetlands protection program and return management of the program to the federal government.  The bill proposes to temporarily utilize Clean Water Fund dollars to operate the program for three years while an advisory council identifies a stable, long-term funding source. The bill includes significant policy reforms including the adoption of federal permitting standards, a new cranberry farming expansion program, and a pilot program to facilitate local governments, conservation districts, and nonprofits to develop wetland mitigation banks and assist people with completing permit applications.

Heart of the Lakes testified in support of maintaining a state-managed wetlands program while refraining from comment on the specific policy reform aspects of the bill.

Current Policy Focus: Federal

Conservation Easement Incentive Act Gains Sponsors

HR 1831 would make the enhanced federal tax deduction for qualified conservation easements permanent - incentives that are important for landowners to protect significant natural and working lands but are set to expire December 31, 2009. Spearheaded by the Land Trust Alliance and supported by Heart of the Lakes, the goal is to gain a majority in the U.S. House by securing 218 cosponsors. To date, 11 of 15 Michigan representatives have signed on (Ehlers-R, Dingell-D, Hoekstra-R, Kildee-D, McCotter-R, Miller-R, Peters-D, Rogers-R Schauer-D, Stupak-D, and Upton-R). Heart of the Lakes is currently reaching out to the remaining Michigan representatives to gain their support. More information from the Land Trust Alliance.

Other Federal Conservation Policy Updates


In late July, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced S.1501 and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced H.R. 3302. Cascade Land Conservancy and U.S. Forest Capital are spearheading a coalition of conservation organizations, timber companies and business leaders working to advance these bills. The Land Trust Alliance is eager to support legislation that would allow the creation of "Community Forestry Bonds." Under this proposal, Congress would allow land trusts to finance the purchase of working forests with bonds designed to be repaid with revenues from sustainable timber harvest. This new tool will provide a mechanism for acquisition of lands that are at a high risk of conversion. Click here to read more

Conservancies in the News

Leelanau Conservancy in Ladies Home Journal

A touching story highlights the work of The Leelanau Conservancy in the September issue of Ladies Home Journal

Campaign to Expand Meinert Park

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Muskegon County are partners in a campaign to double the size of Meinert County Park on the shores of Lake Michigan

New Keweenaw Guide

The Michigan Nature Association published a new guidebook which describes 22 sanctuaries and preserves in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties

Detroit Free Press OpEd on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

An opinion piece by Rich Bowman, Michigan Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, calls for Great Lakes restoration
Job Postings:

Six Rivers Seeks Executive Director

Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy is seeking an Executive Director. For a full job announcement and information on how to apply, visit

 Events and Training

Advancing Conservancy Excellence
October 2, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 am    
Ask An Attorney Conference Call
Watch for further information

Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy

November 10, 2009, 9:00 - 5:00pm
Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan
Heart of the Lakes 5th Annual Summit
Join the Conversation!

Land Trust Alliance In-Person Trainings

October 11-14,  2009 
Portland, Oregon
Land Trust Alliance Rally
Land Trust Alliance On-Line Trainings
October 28 - November 18, 2009
Preparing for Perpetuity: Building Your Board
($150 for land trust members/others $299)
Association of Fundraising Professionals/NorthSky Nonprofit Network
September 18, 2009, 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan
Perspectives on Grant-Seeking: Asking for Operational Support in This (or Any!) Economy. ($30 AFP member, $45 nonmember)
Nonprofit Enterprise At Work (NEW)
September 23, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
New Center, Ann Arbor Michigan
Money Matters: Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements.  How to interpret financial statements and evaluate financial health. ($25 online.  $30 phone, fax or in person)
Eastern Lands and Resources Council
September 22 - 23, 2009
Marriott, East Lansing, Michigan
Fall Conference
Eastern Lands and Resources Council is the association of public lands managers, and their partners, east of the Mississippi River. Heart of the Lakes member organizations are invited to their annual conference which will be held in East Lansing, Michigan.

Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Korth Family Foundation

October 29, 2009
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
9th Annual Korth Conservation Speakers Series
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan will host Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation: "A Land Ethic for the 21st Century:  Integrating Land Conservation and the Built Environment". Public invited, $18.00 per person, registration required.
Other Trainings



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