Northern Michigan News: The Leelanau Conservancy is a nonprofit organization established in 1988 to support, in a balanced manner, the preservation of the natural beauty, ecological integrity and working farms of the Leelanau Peninsula. Here's an update on their latest projects!

Stanton Farm Protected

The goal of protecting farmland for future generations gathered steam this fall when the Conservancy completed the Stanton Farm project. Terry Stanton and his family have a long history of farming in Leelanau. Their orchards are located along Overby Road, on some of the highest and most productive fruit-growing land in the county; 172 acres have been permanently protected with a conservation easement. Want to help protect more farmland? Make a contribution to the Community Farmland Fund.

Consumer's Energy Foundation Awards Grant to Clay Cliffs

Thanks to friends at Consumer's Energy Foundation, a wonderful $20,000 grant moves the Leelanau Conservancy closer to protecting Northern Michigan's rare and beautiful property. A challenge grant from a generous family will match this gift, as well as all others made to Clay Cliffs before December 31 (up to $200,000 total). Still $487,000 from the fundraising goal, every bit of help is welcome! The conservancy hopes to open this incredible property sometime in 2013. Help them get there with a gift to the Clay Cliffs Natural Area project.

Interested in learning more? Read up on the Leealau Conservancy!