The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) is a tax-exempt organization created by local residents in 1991. Their mission is to permanently protect the natural, historic and scenic landscapes to ensure the health and quality of life for the people of southwest Michigan. They are dedicated to protecting natural areas, historic sites and open spaces through gifts, purchases or conservation easements; encouraging ecologically sound land practices; enabling individuals and organizations to protect land important to wildlife and people; and providing opportunities and sites for education, research, outdoor recreation, and nature study.
Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and Environment-- Not only is our environment a source of recreation and pride, but three of Michigan's top industries - agriculture, tourism and timber - depend wholly on a sustainable environment for their very existence.
The Stewardship Network is a grassroots cooperative organization working to protect, restore, and manage Michigan's natural lands and waters. It helps individuals, organizations, and businesses manage specific sites through sharing ideas, resources, and information.
This web site contains information and links to the land conservancies, nature centers, and other organizations in Michigan that are involved in land conservation and environmental education.
The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally named the Soil Conservation Service) has provided conservation technical assistance to Michigan landowners since the 1930's. The first Michigan Soil Conservation Service Office was established on the campus of Michigan State University in 1958.
The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the Western Michigan University community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.
The Business Technology and Research Park is a high-tech business development that shares WMU’s Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The park’s location means partner firms in the life sciences, advanced engineering and information technology will have regular opportunities to interact with the faculty, research staff and students of one of the nation’s top public universities.
The establishment of the Environmental Institute as an umbrella organization that joins the Environmental Research Center with the Environmental Studies Program will help make WMU a national leader in environmental research, education, and outreach.
Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.
An assessment of Kalamazoo County's Surface Water Resources
WMU's Stormwater Management
Water resource information for the Kalamazoo River Watershed communities
Water resource information for the Portage Arcadia Creek Watershed
Field personnel divided Arcadia Creek into stretches based on similar land use and habitat quality. They are represented by the colored blocks on the map. Click on each stretch to learn more about it and to view additional photographs of the stream.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Kalamazoo, Michigan whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.
The Gibbs House for Environmental Research and Education is a program of Western Michigan University's Environmental Institute that focuses on undergraduate research and community engagement. Research fellows live at the house and undertake research projects that center around residential sustainability.
Since 1992, the Center for Watershed Protection has been working in numerous communities to provide the solutions for clean water and healthy natural resources. Their work is based on sound scientific research and guided by a passion for advancing the state-of-the art, ensuring practitioners have the right tools, and promoting the widespread implementation of the most effective watershed management techniques.
The purpose of the Society is to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.The focus of NALMS is on lake management for a wide variety of uses, but to do this it is necessary to address land use and other issues on a watershed level. We get involved in land, streams, wetland and even estuaries in the course of our activities, as lakes are a logical endpoint in systems that incorporate all of these resource types.
The foundation supports research and development that provides strategies and techniques for the environmentally sound management, conservation, and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. To accomplish this mission, the AERF supports research on the biology and ecology of nuisance aquatic and wetland plants, particularly exotic species.
The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. We are the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,700 land trusts across America.