North Woods Conservancy

The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit land trust based in the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It was founded in 1992.  The NWC is operated by a five member volunteer Board of Governors, a volunteer President, and volunteer hosts at both the Visitor’s Center in Ahmeek (4 miles north of Calumet on US-41) and at Seven Mile Point.  The NWC holds an annual public meeting and publishes a seasonal electronic Newsletter.  The official Mission Statement of the NWC is:

Dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of natural areas for the benefit of native biological diversity, science and education, and public enjoyment.

Simply put, the NWC is a group of people who care about conserving scenic and natural resources and providing public access to special places in the Keweenaw. 

The Conservancy owns several Natural Areas that are open to the public for mammal-powered quiet recreation such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  Fires, camping, hunting, trapping, and motorized vehicles are not permitted unless otherwise noted.  NWC Natural Areas include Dore Woods (1993), Seven Mile Point (2001), Gratiot River North (2003), Merganser Pond (2009), and Conglomerate Falls (2010).  In addition, the NWC was instrumental in the acquisition of Gratiot River County Park (2002/2008; in fact, the GRCP Addition project created 3/4 of the NWC debt).  These properties were purchased with funding from annual memberships, donations, state and federal grants, partnerships, member loans, and bank loans.

If you’d like to join the effort to conserve parts of this unique and beautiful habitat, please Become a Member.  Administrative labor and expenses are donated by Board members.  Therefore, memberships and donations are applied 100% to land conservation, and all are tax deductible. 

Two other considerations.  First, land is still a relative bargain here in the UP.  For example, a conservancy in lower Michigan spent $22 million to buy 171 acres (truly a worthy project, and congratulations on this decade-plus effort); the NWC could buy 15,000 acres for that amount.  Second, your donation is effectively doubled or tripled when used as cash match for grants.  No matter how you slice it, you get a lot of bang for your buck. 

Contact North Woods Conservancy

PO Box 124
Calumet, Michigan  49913-0124
Phone: (906) 337-0782
Fax: (906) 337-0782


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