A Brief History
The Little Forks Conservancy is a 501c3 nonprofit that has been protecting Mid-Michigan's natural environments since 1996. Founded by an all-volunteer board of directors who hoped to protect the area’s key land features for future generations.
Record year: 8 conservation easements protected and passed the 2,000 conserved acre mark!
Conservation@Home launched and 30 homeowners earned recognition. Conservation@Work followed the same year.
Largest conservation easement donation in LFC history! 411-acres!
A remarkable man, by the name of Don Blades, signed on to be our first easement -- protecting 1.5 miles of riverbank, 200 acres of woodland, and 70 acres of farmland.
The 419-acre Riverview Natural Area was protected and a $1.5 million project to improve trails and develop a stairway commenced.
Averill accessible loop is paved allowing universal access to nature. Little Forks also protects the Lane Preserve.
Over 400 feet of boardwalk was constructed within Riverview. OutdoorsTogether Hikes launched in the summer.
Once the alrgest log banking grounds in the world, the 72-acre Averill Preserve became our first publicly-accessible nature preserve.
The Albert & Virginia Szok Preserve was donated by their children and protected the 70-acre Forestview Natural Area.
Also was the launch for our Nature/Nurture program!