Last spring, while perusing Traverse Northern Michigan’s first annual real estate insider’s guide, Kirt Manecke, conservation subdivision promoter, came across a blurb on the new Cedar Valley Ridge subdivision outside of Traverse City. When he realized that developer Dan Paulson was speaking his language (i.e., the 35 lots make up only 30 percent of the development, leaving the rest in a nature preserve) Manecke contacted Michigan Magazine Television. The result is a segment about conservation subdivisions, which features Cedar Valley Ridge. Keep an eye on your local PBS station’s schedule–the segment is scheduled to air across the state later this year. To learn more about conservation subdivisions and their latest campaign, "Supersize My Backyard," go to; for information on Cedar Valley Ridge,