Preserving nature is an ongoing task. Between controlling invasive species, promoting native habitats, and maintaining proper access, our work is always far from finished. Below you will find some of our ongoing projects and what they entail.
1550 Acres preserved.
7 Public Preserves created.
4 headwaters protected.
We save nature & you can too
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”—Robert Swan
BHHC will transform a degraded site into a native prairie with walking path and birding observation overlook. The site can be viewed from I-75 by 60,000 motorists daily. A pollinator habitat with interpretive signage will enhance the visitor experience. We will work a educational programming with school children and adults, promoting native planting and ecosystem understanding.
Project Funding Goal: $32,000
Big Help for a Little Butterfly
Our conservancy is a member of an international coalition working to save the Poweshiek skipperling butterfly from extinction. We are sitting on top of one of the two places in the world where it survives with less than 100 individuals. We are now completing a $275,000 campaign to purchase and steward land for population expansion. The exclusive habitat of the butterfly is definitely “Nature Worth Preserving”.
BHHC started preserving sites long before it was realized that there was a continual need to remove threats to each property – invasive species, neighbor trespass, inappropriate use. We have tried to solve these issues with the help of volunteers, but a formal stewardship program is required, staffed by a Stewardship Coordinator. Tools and equipment need a home. Properties that have no dedicated funds need to be properly maintained. Records and documentation need to be consolidated. Staff needs to be up to date on the latest stewardship science. A reserve fund, as required by the LTA Accreditation Commission, would place BHHC in the top tier of conservancies.
The locations of our preserved properties are not well known to the public. We need to update our map and install very visible signs that convey professionalism and identify the areas in which we are working. This is a large undertaking which can be broken down into prioritized steps regarding branding.
Project Funding Goal: $18,000
Collaboration with Holly Township can create an easement with walking trail along a half-mile section of the Shiawassee River. The conservancy gains a wildlife corridor and in return provides long-term maintenance. There are two grant funds which could cover some of the expenses, but additional private funding is needed to complete the project, since 3 pedestrian bridges are involved. Many other conservancies find that partnership like this with local municipalities leads to accomplishing goals.
Project Funding Goal: $96,000
Hall Hill Preserve
The Halls started donating this land north of I-75 in 1990 and have added easements six times since then. BHHC wishes to convert these easements to one preserve and honor their wishes to see permanent preservation. Legal issues must be overcome. Slopes with 100-foot elevation change require stewardship. Neighbor support must be solidified and engaged. The end goal will be a safe, enjoyable nature preserve where people can relax, recreate, and immerse themselves in nature only a short distance from downtown Clarkston.
Project Funding Goal: $161,000
Converting a 40-acre parcel from an abandoned golf course to a high-quality natural area has been a success. Now we want to showcase it to the public and allow trail access. It is a multiyear project that will involve coordinated permissions, targeted donations and grant approvals. Donors can help create a safe, enjoyable nature preserve where people can relax and immerse themselves in nature only a short distance from busy I-75.
Project Funding Goal: $28,000
Building an Endowment
This conservancy intends to increase its activity in its second 50 years of existence.
To move ahead, a financial reserve is a must. Establishing a fund in a local community
foundation gives accountability and transparency to donors. A fund could provide
collateral when funders request back up for loans. Distributed income from an
endowment would liberate the conservancy from constant fundraising.
Project Funding Goal: $13,920
Kimball Preserve Improvement
Kimball preserve is our premier property open to the public and closest to a populated
area. The preserve is threatened by invasive buckthorn which is difficult and expensive
to control. Intensifying the improvement of the property will lead to making it a show
place appreciated by the general public as well as experts in science and ecology.
Project Funding Goal: $21,310
Expanding Mission Resiliance
BHHC wants to improve its response to external and internal factors that affect its
long-term resilience. Outdoor stewardship will adapt to climate change. Land
acquisition will encompass a larger area and emphasize preserving corridors.
Fundraising and outreach will explain the connection between land preservation and
local, national, and planetary resilience. Making connections with local planning
commissions and community organizations will be increasingly important. Showcasing
tangible progress involves all conservancy actions.
Butterfly Preserve Viewpoint
BHHC will erect a sign at the entrance to the 26 acre preserve that protects habitat
for the critically endangered Poweshiek skipperling butterfly. The sign will thank the
donors, explain the preserve’s importance, and set usage guidelines. A scenic overlook
will be built at the crest for visitors and guided tours. Limited access parking will be
created. Naming rights for the overlook are available.
Project Funding Goal: $19,050