Land & Conservation

Michigan is rich with a diversity of land, water, and natural spaces. We’re standing up for science and working to conserve and protect our land for future generations to enjoy.

Since our founding in 1980, the Environmental Council has challenged attacks on public lands and the harmful exploitation of our forests and waterways for short-term gain. From blocking anti-science legislation to preventing efforts to put our public forests and lands up for sale, we work with our member groups to protect Michigan’s outdoor heritage.

Our conservation work extends beyond forests and wild spaces and into communities.

We encourage local and state investments in parks, waterfronts, and greenways so that the underserved and urban communities have access to natural spaces.

Our sustainable agriculture program focuses on replacing outdated agricultural practices with reforms that encourage sustainable, diverse food production without polluting our waters or harming our climate and wildlife.

And we encourage a proper, holistic understanding of our natural resources and the best practices to protect them, whether they be the groundwater we draw from to drink or the dunes we drive to find wonder in.

Public Lands

Michigan is well positioned to become a national leader in outdoor recreation -- boosting our economy and strengthening our state’s commitment to conservation. We believe that a dedicated state office can make it happen.

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The water we drink from and that keeps our surface water strong is threatened by pollution and unsustainable use. Our policies change that.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Farming is an integral part of Michigan’s economy and can play a vital role in keeping our people, land and water healthy.

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Healthy Food Access

We’re working toward a future where Michigan’s children have ample and consistent access to healthy foods that nourish their growth, learning and development.

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