North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) is a private, non-profit, member supported, citizen run organization with 35 years’ experience in preserving open space in northwest Oakland County.

Over 1,100 acres have been preserved in five townships, with parcels ranging from 1/2 acre to over 100 acres.

We are a community-based land conservancy, dedicated to protecting the unique character of the natural resources and quality of life, for the communities and future generations of Northwest Oakland County. We accomplish this by acquiring land and property easements with the intent of conserving the woods, fields, streams, wetlands and other natural features in the headwaters areas of the Clinton, Shiawassee, Huron, and Flint rivers.


  • Preserving Nature
    We believe that conserving and enhancing the natural water and land resources in Northwest Oakland County through acquisition and/or preservation of key properties is essential to sustaining a high quality of life for present and future generations.
  • Stewardship
    We are committed to the perpetual protection and management of properties and rights entrusted to our care, and encourage others to practice good water and land stewardship.
  • Sustainability
    We are building an ongoing and growing organization to ensure the preservation of the unique natural character of Northwest Oakland County.
  • Leadership
    We serve as community leaders in protecting our natural environment. To accomplish our goals requires vision, creativity, integrity, and perseverance.
  • Collaboration
    To ensure our effectiveness, we practice internal teamwork and work with others in a cooperative and respectful manner.
  • Learning
    We continue learning and sharing knowledge as the issues and challenges critical to environmental conservation continue to evolve.


  • Northwest Oakland County is the premier place to live, work, and play due to natural resource conservation, which ensures clean air, clean water, healthy people and diverse wildlife.

NOHLC is an integral and valued part of the community, functioning as a proactive, well-funded, strategic organization.

Postal address: P.O. Box 285, Clarkston, MI 48347

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Contact North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy

Marie Donigan
Executive Director
PO Box 285
Clarkston, Michigan  48347
Phone: (248) 846-6547
Fax: (248) 846-6548


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Oakland County, Michigan

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