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Legacy Land Conservancy

Who We Are

Legacy Land Conservancy is a small local land trust that protects forests, prairies, farms, wetlands and waters – today and forever. Founded in 1971, Legacy Land Conservancy is Michigan’s oldest organization dedicated to the voluntary conservation of locally important land. Faced with growing concerns about the potential for development of land along the Huron River, a group of Ann Arbor leaders banded together to acquire land along the river and keep it in public trust. From those humble beginnings, Legacy has grown to over 6,000 acres of conserved lands that provide safe drinking water, places to play, and vibrant local farms, all right here, where we live.

What We Do

In 2008, Legacy Land Conservancy set a goal of protecting 25,000 acres of the most important lands in Washtenaw and Jackson Counties. This “Emerald Arc” extends from Pinckney State Recreation Area on the north, to Hayes State Park on the south. It includes portions of the Huron, Raisin, Grand, and Kalamazoo rivers. Both sides of the Arc are bordered by some of America’s most productive farmland. Working with our partners and with the community, Legacy is committed to ensuring that future generations enjoy the clean water, fresh food, and peaceful recreational opportunities that have characterized Washtenaw and Jackson counties for generations.

Brought to you by

United Way of Washtenaw County Volunteer Center

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