Land Protection | MNA
Generous Landowners Leave a Lasting Legacy © Marianne Glosenger
Most of Michigan’s rare, threatened or endangered species and unique natural communities rely on privately owned land for habitat. MNA is very grateful to work with individuals and families who wish to protect their natural lands using options that are tailored to fit their needs and the property’s conservation values. The results are exceptional places and lasting legacies. This issue of Michigan Nature shares the story of the Roach Point Conservation Area and the families whose extraordinary land donations over three decades allowed MNA to protect nearly 1,000 acres. (See p. 12.) Other landowners, as in the examples that follow, have also made invaluable contributions to MNA’s growing sanctuary network—all with the motivation of protecting conservation land for the future. Glenna and Lefty Levengood had a vision for a nature preserve so they began buying property in the 1940s in Jackson County. After learning of MNA and its mission, the Levengoods began donating and selling their parcels to MNA in 1970, well below market value, to ensure the long-term protection of the land they held dear. Over multiple decades, the 208 acre Lefglen Nature Sanctuary was established. Concerned about the future loss of public access to Lake Superior and adjoining forests and streams, Ruth Sablich of Calumet donated the first 121 acres of the Black Creek Nature Sanctuary in 1991. Ruth also spearheaded fundraising to expand the sanctuary to its current size of 242 acres.
Lefglen Nature Sanctuary
Decades later, families still turn to MNA for options that are flexible and tailored to their needs and interests while protecting cherished natural lands. McCulleyBastian Nature Sanctuary and Mariner’s Preserve at Silver River Falls are two new and outstanding examples of landowner generosity.
© Rachel Maranto
“As part of our estate planning, we wanted to make certain our beautiful land was protected forever.” - Barbara McCulley 70 acres along the River Raisin in Lenawee County have been protected as a result of Barbara McCulley and Duane Bastian’s partnership with MNA.
michigan nature | spring 2017
Spring 2017 issue of Michigan Nature magazine