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November, 2009

Policy Update


Senate Rejects Executive Order Combining Department

On Thursday, November 12, the Michigan Senate passed two resolutions, SCR 23  and SCR 24, rejecting Governor Granholm’s Executive Order combining the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resource. Read More

Senate Passes State Parks Bill 

The Michigan State Senate passed legislation on Thursday, November 12 that would attempt to bolster revenue for state parks by increasing park registrations. SB 388, sponsored by Sen. Patty Birkholz (R-Saugatuck) and SB 389, sponsored by Senator Ray Basham (D-Taylor) would allow Michigan residents to opt to pay for a $10 yearly state parks pass while registering their vehicles. Read More

Equine Bill Transfers Committees

SB 578, legislation that would allow horses on more state-owned land, was transferred from the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, November 12. Read More




Congress Urged to Move Federal Conservation Easement Tax Incentive

With a December 31, 2009 deadline drawing near, efforts are intensifying to move  H.R. 1831 through Congress before the end of the year. Members of the Land Conservation Caucus are circulating a letter to persuade House leaders to include the bill as part of the estate tax package, which may see some movement before the Thanksgiving holiday. Read More 

Conservancies in the News

Green Cemetery

Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy recently announced a partnership with All Saints Cemetery in Waterford to create the first conservation-based natural burial ground in Michigan. 

The Little Forks Conservancy Applies for National Accreditation

The Little Forks Conservancy recently submitted its application for national accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a program that recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural and working lands forever.

The Conservation Fund in Michigan

Read more about The Conservation Fund’s work in Michigan and recent projects including the protection of five miles along the U.P.’s Sturgeon River, work with other partners to add 118 acres to the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw, and assistance to the Leelanau Conservancy to add 51 acres to the Leelanau State Park. A Heart of the Lakes member, The Conservation Fund is a national organization dedicated to advancing America’s land and water legacy.

Two-Part Television Series Features Land Conservation

“Michigan Land Conservation”, a new television series produced by WCMU public television, premiered last month with moving stories of landowners who worked with several conservancies to permanently protect the land they love. View Clips

Events and Training

Advancing Conservancy Excellence(ACE)

Friday, December 4, 2009, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Ask An Attorney Conference Call

Featuring Scott Howard, Olson, Bzdok and Howard, P.C.

Real Estate Continuing Education

December 9, 2009, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Land Conservation Marketplace I—Essentials for Appraisers, Assessors and Brokers

Greater Lansing Area Association of Realtors

For more information contact the Avocet Group, 517-974-3064 or

Land Trust Alliance

Midwest Regional Conference

April 15 – 17, 2010, Columbus, OH

Land Trust Alliance On-Line Trainings

January 27, 2010,  2:00 pm EST, $50 per connection

The Stewardship Network

January 22 and 23, 2010

2010 Stewardship Network Conference

The Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems

Kellogg Center, E. Lansing, MI

Nonprofit Enterprise At Work (NEW)

January 11, 2010, 1 pm to 2 pm ET, $39

Other Training Opportunities: Board Connect, Michigan Nonprofit Association 

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