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: 9 conservation easements protected and passed the 2,000 conserved acre mark!
Little Forks became a host site for Huron Pines AmeriCorps to assist in creating the next generation of leaders in conservation.
The access for all project was completed at Averill Preserve. The George and Sue Lane Preserve was donated, marking the first Little Forks preserve in Gladwin County.
Over 400 feet of boardwalk was constructed within Riverview. OUTdoors Together Hikes launched in the summer.
LFC and Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosted an official Ribbon Cutting at the George and Sue Lane Preserve in August showcasing 2-miles of hiking trail.
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.
The 8-acre Albert & Virginia Szok Preserve was donated by their children and Little Forks purchased and protected the 70-acre Forestview Natural Area.
Little Forks launched the Nature/Nurture program working with alternative high schools in Midland County and Stewardship Series a workshop series with a focus on land management!
Little Forks Conservancy's Office and three natural areas were impacted by the Edenville Dam Failure. Loss of the contents from three office rooms and large storage area. On natural areas, trash and flood debris a displaced walking bridge and downed trees was the extent of the damage.
Once the largest log banking grounds in the world, the 72-acre Averill Preserve became our first publicly-accessible nature preserve.
Little Forks Conservancy became an accredited land trust through Land Trust Alliance meaning our work meets the national standards for excellence.
Conservation@Home launched and 30 homeowners earned recognition. Conservation@Work followed the same year.
Largest conservation easement donation in LFC history! 411-acres!
AmeriCorps Day of Caring
Twenty Three Huron Pines AmeriCorps members and staff from Huron Pines gathered in Midland to help LFC with Forestview Natural Area which had the most impact from the flood. A foot bridge was built and a large 30 yard dumpster was filled.