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Little Forks Conservancy

Preserves Page


The Little Forks Conservancy also protects land through acquisition, by either gift or purchase, protecting it as a preserve. Staff and volunteers work together to manage and restore the conservation values on property we own, enhancing the natural features that merited protection. To become a Preserve Volunteer, contact our office at (989) 835-4886. Some preserves can provide opportunities for public recreation and access to unique resources in our region. Other more sensitive sites may require limiting public access to preserve native associations of flora and fauna. The Conservancy currently holds three preserves.

Riverview Natural Area, Midland

Seasonal pool at Riverview Natural Area In 2008, the Little Forks Conservancy purchased 219 acres from Robin and Ardith Arbury and the neighboring 200 acres from Charles Christensen.  The Conservancy’s largest land project to date, the Riverview Natural Area exemplifies the beauty of mid-Michigan’s landscape. Bald eagles fly past on the hunt for prey while white tailed deer rear their young in the shelter of the trees. The property also boasts beautiful wildflowers in the spring and colorful autumn leaves in the fall. Directions to the Riverview Natural Area can be found by clicking here.

Averill Preserve, Midland

The Overlook at the Averill Preserve


In 2003, the Midland Area Community Foundation transferred 41.5 acres of property to The Little Forks Conservancy. The property was expanded to its current size in 2004, when an additional 32 acres were purchased from Dr. Kyung-Sik Ahn. The site, which is open to the public and can be accessed from the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, was one of the world’s largest log banking grounds in the 1880s. The Averill Preserve features more than 6,000 feet of Tittabawassee River shoreline, 1,500 feet of Averill Creek and 40-50 acres of floodplain. A preserve guide with directions to the Averill Preserve can be found by clicking here.

Steiner Preserve, Midland

The Little Forks Conservancy purchased our first preserve from Nancy Steiner for the bargain sale price of $10,000. Located at the confluence of Big Salt Creek and the Chippewa River, the 9.8-acre property features 2,000 feet of river frontage and native hardwood forest. Nancy and her father, Richard Stroebel of Saginaw, sought out the Conservancy so the property would remain “wild” and natural.