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									                              Fall 2008 / Volume 48

                                        Land Preservation: A Powerful Medicine
         IN THIS ISSUE
                                        by Glen Chown, Executive Director
                                        Among the storm clouds of our nation’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, I see a
1-2:   Preservation:
                                        silver lining in northwest Michigan.
       Now More
       than Ever                        Following our successful Coastal Campaign (see pg. 3), the board and staff of the Grand Traverse
                                        Regional Land Conservancy embarked on a major restructuring effort.
                                        Not content to rest on our laurels or continue a “business as usual”
 3:    GTRLC Restructuring              approach, we challenged ourselves to ratchet up the effectiveness of our
                                        entire organization. Times of crisis can present real opportunities for
 4:    The Kids Overtake Arcadia        true leadership and positive change, and I am proud of how well your
                                        Regional Land Conservancy is responding to the challenges of our
                                        time. I know our supporters, who understand that responsible land
                                        conservation and stewardship is more important than ever, are with us
                                        for the long haul.
 5:    Volunteer Spotlight              This point was driven home this past August on a hike at Green
                                        Point Dunes with the head of a foundation that contributed millions
                                        of dollars to the Coastal Campaign. Pulling into the parking lot,
6-7:   Flowing Well Acquisition         we were warmly greeted by volunteer Preserve Stewards Tony and
                                        Marilyn Ligi, who live across the road from the property and keep
                                        a watchful eye on things night and day. We then hiked down
  7:   Acme Farmland                    the beautiful “stairway to heaven” walkway to the beach for a
       Tour                             picnic. While there, we were greeted by another couple who were carrying trash bags. When
                                        I introduced myself, they said they lived nearby, were thrilled to be new volunteers, and now
                                        regularly did beach sweeps to keep this magnificent shoreline preserve pristine. They shared
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                                        their tremendous pride in being part of something so positive and larger than themselves.
                                        None of this was scripted; I had no idea that we would meet volunteers during our visit. It was
  9:    Elk Lake Preservation: All in   just another day out on the front lines at a Conservancy preserve with the growing legion of
                                        citizens caring for the land entrusted to their communities. The significance of this moment
                 the Family
                                        was not lost on the friend and foundation director I was with. “Glen,” she exclaimed, “I
                                        have to tell you that I am even more proud that our foundation is part of this project because
                                        of what it means to the future of
                                        your organization and the future of
                                        northwest Michigan.”
 10:    Special Gifts
                                        On the heels of this memorable hike,
                                        Time magazine came out with its
 11:    Land Champions and              annual “National Service” issue listing
                                        “21 Ways to Fix Up America” (Sept.
        Vanguard Society
                                        2008). Number 8 on the list urged
                                        Americans to borrow from F. D. R.’s
 12:    Upcoming Events                 playbook and “join a modern-day
        and Some Back                   Civilian Conservation Corps” to help
                                        preserve our natural resources.
                                        (...continued pg. 2)
                                                                                  Civilian Conservation Corps photos courtesy of Linda Jaris.
    Land Preservation: A Powerful Medicine, continued from pg. 1
    Time’s recommendations for strengthening community ties included activities like
    building trails, planting trees, clearing litter, and teaching kids about the outdoors.
    I realized that not only does the Conservancy currently do all of these things, but
    perhaps one of the most important outcomes of the Coastal Campaign has been
    a renewed and expanded emphasis on volunteerism and community outreach
    across our entire service area. It was comforting to reflect upon the fact that if Time
    considered the land conservation efforts of the 1930’s to be one of the primary
    strategies that lifted our nation out of the Great Depression, surely it could be a
    powerful antidote to our current troubles.
    It’s no surprise that the late Jim Thorpe, who signed the option to sell the Elberta
    Dunes property at a bargain-sale shortly before he passed away, became interested
    in land preservation while working as a young man for the Civilian Conservation
    Corps. His love of the land never left him, and those depression-era lessons of
    the importance of land, frugality, conservation, and stewardship shaped his entire
    worldview. It was a privilege to know Jim, and what a legacy he and his family are
    helping to create along our dune coast.
    Times may be tough right now, but we have a great opportunity to refocus our
    efforts on tangible things. Things like northern Michigan’s incredible landscape
    – that have lasting value and will still be here long after the ups and downs of
    the stock market play themselves out. Given the fundamental role that natural
    resources and unique agricultural land play in the health of our region’s economy,
    now is not the time to pull back from making strategic conservation investments.
    Moreover, I find that - regardless of season - there is nothing better than a walk at
    one of the Conservancy’s many nature preserves to help me regain perspective.             Jim Thorpe during his Civilian Conservation Corps service.

    As my mother used to say when I was a youngster faced with difficult challenges,
    “This too shall pass.” Yes it shall, but the work of your Regional Land Conservancy truly is enduring. Thanks so much for the support
    that makes it all possible. Click here to help support this or any other of GTRLC’s worthy campaigns.

            Are      you up for A                           In the Business of Volunteerism
                                                         This fall, the Regional Land Conservancy planted 500 hemlock seedlings at Arcadia
     Challenge grants allow you to increase the          Dunes Nature Preserve as part of our ongoing forestry restoration project. This effort
     value of your donation through a commit-            would not have been possible without the generous help of Mick Pfeiffer of Wexford
     ment to match donations from other gener-           Sand Company and Kay Charter of Saving Birds Thru Habitat.
     ous donors.
                                                         Wexford Sand Company, a sand mining operation near Mesick, has shown admirable
     Your donations to the following projects            environmental initiative through restoration work at their mining sites. They
     help us secure challenge grant money:               reinforced their commitment to the company motto of “doing well by doing good”
                                                         by providing the funding for the purchase of the seedlings.
     Pyatt Lake Natural Area Addition
     - $100,000 1:1 challenge grant from a gen-
     erous, anonymous donor.                             Saving Birds Thru Habitat is a
                                                         non-profit organization located
     Center Road Natural Area - $100,000                 in Omena that provides resources
     1:1 challenge grant from a generous,                and partnership opportunities for
     anonymous donor.                                    private landowners, conservation
                                                         groups, and businesses to
     General Operations donations to                     improve bird habitats. They were
     support our farmland preservation efforts
                                                         a real catalyst in getting this
     along the US-31 corridor from the Frey
     Foundation - $70,000, 1:3 challenge over
                                                         productive partnership off the
     three years.                                        ground, and we thank them for
                                                         their efforts.
         Click text to take up the challenge!                                                  Our modern-day Civilian Conservation Corps.

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          The Restructured GTRLC:
          Bigger, Better, Bolder
      The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is at a critical juncture in
      its evolution and in the accomplishment of its mission. With generous sup-
      port from our donors and friends, the Conservancy recently completed the
      $35.4 million Coastal Campaign project, resulting in the protection of over
      6,000 acres of coastal dunes, forests, and working farms along with nearly
      three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. This groundbreaking protection
      effort is a nationally significant example of innovative, twenty-first century
                                                                                       Old Baldy, Arcadia Dunes - Protected from Development Forever.
      land conservation.
      As an organization, we were humbled by the magnitude of your support. We were also fortunate for support from major do-
      nors like the C.S. Mott Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Carls Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Wege
      Foundation, and others.
      Despite the dramatic success of this campaign, we know that the true measure of its success depends on what we do next.
      Recently, our Board and staff undertook an enormous new challenge to pave the way for future successes by restructuring
      our entire organization. This pro-active change was largely based on the scale of the Coastal Campaign and what it proved
      we can continue to accomplish if we aim high.
      Between 2001 and 2008, the demands of acquiring and maintaining this new 6000-acre protected area necessitated a staff
      increase from 9 to 24 full-time employees, and an operational budget growth of 200%. We also increased our productivity.
      We developed and implemented new land stewardship and volunteer programs for our Preserves, and have become more
                             ambitious in securing the future of the Conservancy through our private fund raising efforts.
     “The Conservancy
 is blessed in so many         During these changes, Glen Chown – the organization’s visionary founder and very first employee
 ways - volunteers who         – was required to split his efforts between fundraising to support our Preserves, developing new pro-
 give of their time and        grams, spearheading community engagement efforts, and managing the operations of the entire orga-
 talents, donors who give      nization. Even for Glen, this was too much to sustain for the long-term success of the Conservancy.
 of their treasure, land
 owners who believe in         Board Chairman Tom Palmer initiated the restructuring process and engaged the assistance of well
 land preservation, and        known consulting firm Dewar Sloan to guide an evaluation of the organization’s “strategic direction”
 a professional staff that     and management structure. The organization also worked closely with Christie McGue, Conser-
 is knowledgeable and          vancy volunteer and the Former Executive Director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
 highly motivated to           to engage the staff in a meaningful “bottom up” process to assess staff expectations, skill sets, work
 make each of our projects     processes, and performance expectations related to organizational culture, productivity, and profes-
 a success. Organiza-
                               sional growth.
 tional restructuring has
 occurred with the full        The outcomes of this process has been newly-defined roles for many staff members based on a coordi-
 support of the board to       nation of skills with the needs of the Conservancy, restructured teams and work processes for greater
 align all staff functions
                               efficiency, and enhanced communication among staff, management, and the Board of Directors.
 and job responsibilities to
 implement the strategic       One significant change was a shift in the role of the Executive Director and the creation of a new
 plan completed earlier        Associate Director position, which has been filled by the Conservancy’s Director of Development,
 this year. Benefits have
                               Megan Olds. The new arrangement enables Glen to focus on building the Conservancy’s long-term
 already been realized
 - definition of prior-
                               sustainability by spending less time on day-to-day organizational management and program develop-
 ity projects, clarity of      ment, and more time on relationships with supporters and community partners as well as stakehold-
 responsibility, elimina-      ers at the state and national level.
 tion of duplicate or
 unnecessary work, and
                               Glen recently commented on the change, “I am most proud that we embarked upon this restructuring
 total organization focus      while riding the wave of tremendous success following the Coastal Campaign. Rather than ‘resting
 on achieving success for      upon our laurels’ and becoming complacent or content with a business as usual approach, we are
 each project.”                increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of an already-strong regional land trust. That, in my mind,
 – John Zaloudek,              is a sign of a very healthy organization. In these times of a national financial crisis, we are fortunate to
 GTRLC Board Member            be already well along with this restructuring process, which includes a strong focus on better decision-
                               making, setting priorities, and maintaining strategic direction.”
                               Make a donation to support the bigger, better, bolder Conservancy today!

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                                                                                                                   Sally Menke is the volunteer Trail
                                                                                                                   Coordinator for Arcaida Dunes.

Volunteer Program Spotlight
Our volunteer program continues to grow! During the past year, over 300 volunteers have donated more than 3,500 hours of service
in partnership with the Conservancy. This past summer volunteers in your community helped design and build miles of trails across
the region, removed invasive species from critical natural areas in three counties, logged hundreds of hours monitoring preserves, and
contributed gifts of time and talent to organize and equip a tool workshop used by staff and volunteers. We hope that you were one of
This year volunteers joined Friends Groups to better their communication and were trained to be Docents and Resource Specialists in
areas like photography, surveying, and marking boundaries. Newly empowered, they stepped up to organize work days, publicize hikes,
write articles, talk to neighbors, and take the lead coordinating other volunteers around important projects to advance our presence in
the community and encourage more public use and stewardship of the Conservancy’s Preserves.
Our tireless volunteers also helped away from the field. Our efficiency increases thanks to the many hours of administrative support our
volunteers donate. Efforts include help with mailings, organizing files, updating databases, and running our front office. In short, we
know that the long-term success of our mission will rely on volunteers working in partnership with us; sharing their land use ethic and
understanding of our work throughout our communities.
A great example of how volunteers have driven new projects came in celebration of United Way’s 13th Annual “Day of Caring”. The
Reffitt Preserve Friends Group and GTRLC Shop Stewards sponsored a boardwalk building & installation project that brought togeth-
er GTRLC volunteers alongside sixteen employees from Fifth Third Bank Northern Michigan to assemble and install four sections of
boardwalk on the Preserve. The group also placed a bench on an existing section of boardwalk, refurbished a section of trail with wood
chips, and hand pulled an area of the invasive species Spotted Knapweed. Located adjacent to the TART trail between Three Mile and
Four Mile Roads, Reffitt is an 83 acre Preserve in the Mitchell Creek Watershed. It provides critical habitat for wildlife, aquatic animals,
and helps maintain a clean and healthy tributary outlet for Mitchell Creek into East Grand Traverse Bay. (continued...)

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“Fifth Third Bank is a big supporter of United Way, and we have also historically been a big supporter of the Grand Traverse Regional Land
Conservancy - so when we had the opportunity to be involved with two of our favorite groups on the Day of Caring, we grabbed it,” com-
mented Tracey Towner, Marketing Director and organizer of Fifth Third Bank’s participation. “I think I speak for us all when I say we were
very proud to have accomplished all the projects on the GTRLC’s wish list!”
Other Fifth Third employees were just as happy to be a part of the day’s activities. Zach Hegg said, “When given an opportunity to protect
and share Michigan’s environment, we can’t pass it up, particularly considering the growth rate here.” Mark Beers said “I enjoy building
things and getting something accomplished. What can be better than getting something done
outside for a good cause?” Kyra Kipley likes to “give back to the community and be part of a
good organization.” Nancy Harper has been a banker for 38 years. Participation gave her an op-
portunity to be outside as well as discover the Reffitt Preserve. Trish Dormitizer and her daugh-
ter, Lily, also enjoyed the physical challenges and the good feelings that come from volunteering.
Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved including Reffitt Preserve Stewards Natalie By-
rne, Price Watts, Linda Janiszewski and Carole Groves, as well as Shop Stewards Ed Moehle, Al
Hurd and Arno von Walthausen for their work to design, pre-cut and pre-drill the wood for the
While all of this was taking place, a new Friends group formed to support, coordinate and man-
age volunteer projects at the Bauer Preserve in Antrim County. This group, headed by Preserve
Steward Al Hurd, continues to grow in number and accomplishments. To date, these Friends have participated in several training sessions
to learn trail layout and design, as well as construction of a trail loop on the new addition to the Preserve. The trail building was made
possible through the collaboration of volunteers and student members of the Youth Corps, an innovative program for at-risk teenagers at
Traverse City High School. The students worked side-by-side with our Friends group, offering a learning experience for both the youth
and our volunteers. The Bauer Friends Group, which include volunteers Thom Yocum, Gary Stauffer, Sally Rogers, Jerry Alpers and Tony
Brolick, not only schedule their own work days but provide their own tools and equipment as needed.
As a way to celebrate our accomplishments and socialize, nearly 60 volunteers gathered on August 20th for the annual Volunteer Appre-
ciation Event at Terrie Taylor and John Robert William’s house. In addition to a buffet of regional foods and locally produced beverages,
attendees enjoyed meeting other volunteers from the 5-county service area and learning more about GTRLC’s commitment to building a
strong partnership between volunteers and staff.
From Lead Preserve Stewards to Members of our Board of Directors to Youth Groups who come out to help plant trees or clean up the
Preserves, volunteers are the backbone of our stewardship work, and are responsible for our many accomplishments in fulfillment of our
If you are interested in joining an enthusiastic and committed group of fellow community members, please contact our Volunteer Program
Coordinator Rolf von Walthausen at (231) 929-7911, or learn more about volunteerism online.

                                            thank you
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                 produced by                                 The Fifth Third crew did a great job, and had the smiles to show for it.

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 Conservancy Assists DNR with 1,720-Acre Acquisition
 After more than three years of sustained effort, the Conservancy and Michigan Department of Natural Resources have protected the Flow-
 ing Well trout farm and the surrounding acreage. This is the second largest land conservation project in the Conservancy’s history and our
 largest State-assisted project ever.
 With a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund awarded in 2005, the original plan was for the DNR to purchase a conser-
 vation easement on the property and for the Conservancy to purchase the land. This arrangement would have been somewhat unique in
 that the DNR would have managed the property and held the forest management rights as a part of the State Forest system. “Originally,
 the conservation easement idea was structured to leverage both entities’ conservation dollar the furthest. But at the end of the day, it just
 made more sense for the State to own the property outright”, according to Matt McDonough, the Conservancy’s Director of Land Protec-
 So, on October 31, 2008, the DNR purchased the property for $3.4 million. The 1,720-acre tract includes 7,400 feet of frontage on the
 North Branch of the Upper Manistee River, over 1,000 feet of frontage on Morrison Creek,
 and over 9,300 feet on unnamed perennial creeks, all of which are State designated “Wild and
 Scenic” Natural Rivers. Habitats on the property include rich conifer swamps, aspen-birch          	 			In Focus:
 woodland, and northern hardwood forests. A bald eagle and several red-shouldered hawks,               Whirling Disease
 both species listed as threatened in Michigan, nest on the property.
                                                                                                          Whirling disease is the com-
 “Given the habitat, I wouldn’t be surprised if wood turtles and [eastern] massasauga rattle-             mon name for an infection in
 snakes are found out there” noted McDonough, adding, “These are both listed as special                   salmonids caused by the pro-
 concern species in Michigan.” The entire property lies within the State Forest Management
                                                                                                          tozoan Myxobolus cerebralis.
 Boundary and is directly adjacent to over 100,000 contiguous acres of State and Federally-
 owned forestland.                                                                                        Diseased fish usually show signs
                                                                                                          of circular swimming, hence the
 “The parcel was a top priority for the DNR to acquire” according to Kerry Wieber, Forest Land            disease name “whirling.” In addi-
 Administrator for the DNR. “The DNR is very appreciative of all the hard work the Conser-                tion, diseased fish may show other
 vancy has put into making the deal happen. Without their assistance, it would have been very
                                                                                                          signs such as a black tail, skeletal
 difficult to complete this critical acquisition.”
                                                                                                          deformities, and shortened gill
 The former hatchery closed down about six years ago after a heavy infestation of whirl-                  covers. Because of the erratic,
 ing disease, a fatal fish parasite that spreads in water and can remain in sediment for de-              uncontrolled circular swimming,
 cades. (see sidebar) “Acquisition of the Flowing Well parcel will allow the Department                   the fish are unable to eat or
 to isolate the contaminated hatchery facilities, remove several dams on the property and
                                                                                                          escape predators. Myxobolus ce-
 reconnect the cold headwater streams to the North Branch of the Manistee River”, states
                                                     Steve Sutton, Natural Rivers Program man-            rebralis has a two-host life cycle,
                                                     ager with the DNR Fisheries Division.                alternating between salmonid fish
                                                     “Throughout the entire process, Conser-              species and a benthic organism
                                                     vancy staff played a critical role in facilitating   (the worm Tubifex tubifex). The
                                                     this important acquisition”. The DNR intends         worms live in the mud of streams
                                                     to clean up the fish disease contamination at        and hatchery raceways.
                                                     the former hatchery by eliminating the water
                                                     diversions, then draining, treating, and filling
                                                     the old raceways and ponds.
                                                    The vast majority of the property is open for public use, including hunting and fishing,
                                                    but the area surrounding the buildings & improvements are not accessible at this time.
                                                    There is always more to do - please continue to support the Conservancy!

Conservation has Tax Benefits Too:
1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
The prospect of needing to sell a piece of property in today’s market can be unsettling. The idea of paying capital gains tax on that sale is
downright scary.
At any given time, the Conservancy holds purchase options on 10-20 properties across northern Michigan. The owners of these properties
would like to see their land preserved, and agree to give us time to write grants or otherwise coordinate the purchase of the property, either
as a Conservancy Preserve, a local public park, natural area, or as an addition to a State forest.       (continued...)

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This gift of time, however, comes at a price. Every option we hold costs the Conservancy money
in the form of dollars paid to the owner to cover their holding costs and offset the risk they take          1031 Like-Kind
by keeping the property off the market.
Enter the 1031 like-kind exchange. A 1031 exchange allows income from the sale of assets to be
rolled into the purchase of new property with deferred tax penalty. Essentially, this is a fantastic      A tax-deferred exchange, as
opportunity for environmentally-conscious investors to purchase one of our optioned properties            provided for in Section 1031 of
as an interim investment, thereby relieving the financial burden of the holding to the Conservan-         the Internal Revenue Code (26
cy while also offering a tax deferment for the investor. It’s a win/win/win scenario for investors,       U.S.C. § 1031), is a method by
the Conservancy, and the public.                                                                          which a property owner trades
The Conservancy is looking for more investors wishing to defer capital gains taxes by holding             one or more relinquished proper-
land while we arrange “final” acquisition funding. We have investment opportunities ranging               ties for one or more replacement
from $50,000 to $5 million, and while this is typically a money saving rather than a money                properties of “like-kind”, while
making opportunity, we think that any prospect for protecting assets in today’s economy may be            deferring the payment of federal
worth exploring.                                                                                          and state taxes on the transaction
If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact our Director of Land Protec-           (capital gains).
tion, Matt McDonough at (231)929-7911, or learn more here.

Acme Farmland Tour
Strengthening community ties and connecting residents to their region’s heritage is central to the success of the
Conservancy’s work, and nowhere is this more true than in Acme Township and along the US-31 North corridor. By all accounts, some
major progress was made toward these goals during this year’s Fall Farmland Tour, held October 2.
The tour, generously sponsored by Regional Conservancy board member Royce Ragland and her husband Ken Bloem, took 25 local resi-
dents, representing a broad cross-section of neighbors - local farmers, seasonal and year-round residents, local business owners, and elected
officials - around the perimeter of Acme Township’s Agricultural Preservation Zone. The group stopped at several farms that represent over
800 acres currently in application for permanent protection through the Township’s Purchase of Development Rights program. Participants
also toured the Shoreline Fruit plant for a first-hand look at the significant contribution this innovative agribusiness makes to our local and
state economy.
While the Conservancy hoped the tour would be informative and offer a better understanding of the enormous contribution that farmland
makes to both our scenic viewsheds, water quality protection, and our state’s economy, we were truly excited to see that the tour’s effect
went even further. As the afternoon progressed, neighbors who otherwise might have never met were trading stories and visions for the
future of their shared community.
So inspired was Bob Sutherland, President of Cherry Republic, Inc, that he pledged $5,000 to the Conservancy’s general fund on the spot.
Furthermore, he gave an impassioned plea to the rest of the participants, urging them to support the Conservancy’s efforts to maintain the
integrity of our globally unique agricultural resources. Bob’s business depends on the availability of quality local cherries--most of them
processed right in Acme Township--for his retail, café, catalog, and internet operations.
The afternoon was such a positive experience for the farmers, the participants, and the Conservancy, that we have decided to repeat the tour
at spring cherry blossom time.
                            Support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve Acme’s farmland today - donate online today!
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                                                                             Check Out
                                                                             Our recently redesigned website
                                                                             continues to grow and improve! Get
                                                                             all the latest news of land protection
                                                                             efforts, stewardship opportunities, maps
                                                                             and other Preserve details, or just learn
                                                                             more about the Grand Traverse Regional
                                                                             Land Conservancy. Check back often for
                                                                                                   updates and news!

                                                             And we still do it the old fashioned way...

                                    Photo: Dana Vannoy

GTRLC Branches Out
One of the biggest challenges for the Regional Land
Conservancy is keeping everyone informed about
our ever-growing list of fantastic preserves and all
that happens on them. We know that once you hear
all the great recreation and volunteer opportunities
available, you will become inspired to get involved
and become stewards of the land for future genera-
Communication has changed greatly in the last ten
years. Between text messaging, emailing, and social
networking sites like YouTube and Facebook, staying
in touch with friends is faster, easier, and reaches
more people of all ages.
To that end, your Conservancy is working to incor-
porate some of these options into our communica-
tions strategies. You will always get our beautifully
produced publications and informative mailings,
but soon you will also be offered chances to connect
with fellow outdoor enthusiasts through discussion
groups, activity and Preserve-specific web logs, and
more personalized emails that let you know about
things happening around the corner from your
We are very excited about all of the new ways to help
you stay aware of what we do, and we can’t wait to
see you out on the trails and online!

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Three Generations of the Hildreth and Sanford Families
Celebrate Elk Lake
Nothing keeps families together through the years like the lands and waters that they love. The Hildreth/Sanford family has been gathering
on the shores of Elk Lake for decades and while some live locally and others far away, they are together at least once a year near Elk Rapids
to share good times and memories.
Long-time Conservancy supporters, in 2003 the family decided to again allocate dollars from the Hildreth Family Foundation to help pro-
tect a critical piece of land that directly impacts the health of their beloved Elk Lake: the Battle Creek Natural Area.
In partnership with Whitewater Township and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Regional Land Conservancy worked for
several years to make the dream of a publicly accessible, high-quality natural area in the M-72 corridor a reality. This 255-acre property
is one of the last large undeveloped parcels on Elk Lake with 2,260 feet of untouched frontage and an additional 1/2 mile of frontage on
Battle Creek, one of the lake’s major tributaries. Its location and pristine condition make it an important parcel from both habitat and water
quality protection standpoints. Water from this property is filtered through its diverse wetland complexes and makes its way to Elk Lake
and beyond to be enjoyed by thousands of anglers, boaters, and swimmers.
The Battle Creek Natural Area is owned and managed by Whitewater Town-
ship. The township has initiated a management planning process for the site’s
recreational opportunities. The intention is to create trails that will link to
an existing trail network on the south side of the property, as well as erect a
viewing platform on the Elk Lake shoreline. This July, three generations of the
Sanford/Hildreth family joined the Conservancy’s Charitable Giving Specialist
Erin Anderson and volunteer Bob Carstens on a hike along the existing social
trails, including a visit to the rare fen found on this property, and a walk along
the Elk Lake shoreline to the future location of the viewing platform. Once in
place, the platform will be home to a plaque in honor of this generous family
and their “enduring love of Elk Lake.”
Learn more about creating a leagcy of conservation for your family.
                  The Hildreth and Sanford families at the Battle Creek Natural Area.
                  Back: David Sanford, Ginny Hildreth, Tim Hildreth, Lou Sanford, Rob Hildreth
                  Front: Jacob Sanford, Kara and Abby Sanford, Zach Sanford, Nancy Sanford
                  (Not pictured: Josh and Marjorie Crouse, and their children Evan and Molly)

                        Nature may be at rest during the winter, but
                        you don’t have to be... Get out and explore!

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                                                   Special Gifts
          We are deeply grateful for the following special gifts, received April 1 through October 20, 2008,
                                   made in memory of or in honor of loved ones.
Memorials                     John Hanberg                  Margaret Jean Snell          Christy Hanson &               Marathon Auto
In memory of:                 Eda June Scott                Will & Barbara Lynch         Mike Gallizi                   Gifts:
Donald Alexander                                                                         Linda & Craig Hanson        Marathon Auto generously
                              Thomas Hendrickson            Jean Revae Stagman
Fayette Central Elem.School   Margaret Moran                Bill & Erika Morse           Helen Kramer                donated gifts on behalf of the
Marcus & Janis Hoge                                                                      Jo Grindem                  following individuals:
Richard & Joyce Hoge          Hannah Grace Hower            Julius “Sonny” Stricker
                                                                                                                     Ryan Ascione, Mark &
Ronald & Eleanor Oberle       Mary Van Valin &              Bill & Erika Morse           Marilyn Doty Larson
                                                                                                                     Shirley Benjamin, Gary &
Greg Strohl                   John Birdsong                                              Gary Fangboner
                                                            Jim Thorpe                                               Susan Bowerman, Timothy &
                              Lucy Hubbard                  Mary Sue Hoffman             Barbara Manning             Mary Clulo, Lane Corbin, Tom
Georgena Marie Barnes
Ralph &                       Bill & Erika Morse                                         Barry, Nancy & Libby Godwin Crandall, Robert Eichenstaub,
                                                            Dorothy Twining                                          Terry Goodell, Tom Klinefelter,
Margaret von Walthausen       Marilyn Kirwin                Lynne Twining & Alan Mass    Robert Martin               Russ & Leslie Knopp, Lili Lon-
John Bell                     Oxford Financial Group Ltd.                                Patricia Whitener           don, Gretchen Modrall, Mark
                                                            Peter VandenBerg
Howard & Dorothy Ecker        Robert LaFollette III         Howard & Dorothy Ecker       Cindy McMellen              Nelson, Thomas & Donna
Henry & Marcia Gest           Laura Hardy                   Henry & Marcia Gest          Chelsea McMellen            Paulson, Beatrice Pickard, Con-
Mike & Jean Mathis                                          Mike & Jean Mathis                                       nie Pieser, Steve Pringle, Daniel
John & Nancy Morrison         Fred & Helen Lantz                                         Harriet Miller-Brown        & Jessica Rickard, Scott Schuh,
                                                            John & Nancy Morrison
Harley & Sladie Morrison      David & Louise Lantz                                       Emilia Rennie               Linda Sleder, Sherri Stanke,
                                                            Harley & Sladie Morrison
                              Rick Lesley                   David & Sara Taft            Alan Nolan                  TBA Career Tech center, Tom
Anne McShane Boland
                              Patricia Lesley                                            Dori Turner                 Ulrich, Bob Walters, Bill &
Matthew & Anneke Myers                                      Ludolf von Walthausen                                    Anne White
Cindy Bork                    Jane Margaret Lewis           Ralph &                      Kristine Perria
Jerry & Theresa Barrett       Peg Comfort                   Margaret von Walthausen      Philip Kociemba             Coldwell Banker-
                              Mary Lewis                    Sarietta Waters              Marcia Stucki
                                                                                                                        Realtor Gifts:
Elsie Bryan                                                                                                             New homeowners welcomed as
Bill & Erika Morse            Harley & Sladie Morrison      Ralph &
                                                             Margaret von Walthausen     Dori Tuner                     Conservancy friends through
Donald Burd                   Joseph Magliochetti                                        Joel & Anne Adams              the generosity of their realtors:
Veronica Burd-Hale            Amy Bowes                     Mary Weisell                                                Mark Hagan: Susan Goss,
                                                            John & Nancy Morrison        Mary Van Valin &
                              Gene Marlow                                                John Birdsong                  Linda Koebert & Michael
Patsy Carruthers                                            Pete & Kim Morrison
                              Gary Withall                                               Ed & Bette Goyings             Vickery, Erin & Drew Henshaw
Harley & Sladie Morrison                                    Samuel & Emily Todd
                                                                                         Lloyd & Clara Goyings          Shawn Smith: Kevin & Cheryl
Gerard Cozzola                Leonard Martien               Nona Yoxley                                                 Steen, William & Lynn Burgess,
                                                                                         Alan & Caroline Gray
MT Cozzola & Dave Belden      Marsie Martien                Harley & Sladie Morrison                                    Julie Foster, Mary Gillis
                                                                                         Joan Hahn
Mary Beth Driscoll            Robert Martin                                              Cornelia Hart
John & Nancy Morrison         Camilla Martin                Honorariums                  Clarence & Ethel Kroupa
                                                            In honor of:                 Martie Manty                      Please accept this gift
Linn Duncan                  Tom McKune                                                  Christie McGue & Robert Calt
                                                            Lynn & Zachary Abeels
                                                                                                                        in memory of our Golden
Susan, Sally & Chuck Stearns Henry & Marcia Gest                                         Mary Lou McGue
                             Mike & Jean Mathis             Rev. Oscar & Shirley Kraft                                  Retrievers, Maggie and Bailey.
Harold Edmondson             Harley & Sladie Morrison                                    Ralph &                        We want to help ensure that all
John & Nancy Morrison                                       Sherm & Gwen Baarstad
                                                                                          Margaret von Walthausen       the future Maggies and Baileys
Joshua & Barbara Wunsch      Maggie Mendenhall              Dennis & Jan Curtice
                                                                                         James & Georgine Jensen
                             Stafford & Margaret Keegin                                                                 can enjoy the waters, beaches,
Frederick Feiger, Sr.                                       Rabbi Chava Bahle
                                                            Robert A. Carstens
                                                                                         Sue Waltz                      forests, and trails in the area.
Bill & Erika Morse           David Palmer                                                Gerald & Cecelia Hagman
Homer Thiel                  Debra Lewis
                                                            Amy Blessing &               Robert Hagman                  With gratitude for all the work
Bart Foster                   Irene Protzel                 David Jones                                                 that the Conservancy continues
Steve & Amy Whitlatch         Wallace & Dolores Hibbard     Carl T. Anderson                                                        to do,
Guido Gores                   Genie Rabanus                 Kenneth & Lois Breimeier                                                Jill and Bill
Ellen Barrows                 Barbara Butler &              Carol R. Breimeier                                                      Mendenhall,
Bell & McKune families        Gordon Webb                   Revs. Jon Breimeier &
                                                            Cheri Johnson
                                                                                                                                    Holland, MI
Howard & Dottie Ecker
Mike & Jean Mathis            Susan Redei
                                                            James Duggan
John & Nancy Morrison         Carl & Mary Jane Meier
                                                            David Duggan
Julie Rust & Andy Webster                                   Daniel &
David & Sara Taft             George Roebuck
                                                             Anne Guyton family
Samuel & Emily Todd           Ralph &
                                                            Stephen &
Thomas & Diane Todd           Margaret von Walthausen
                                                             Carole Mahoney family
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                                  Vanguard Society

                                                                                                     Thank You!
 The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy honors those whose
 future plans include gifts of estates, trusts, annuities, insurance
 policies, or the like, with recognition in our Vanguard Society.
   Hal &                           The Rev. Dr. Kathleen L.   Chris & Michele Shafer
                                                                                                  The Arcadia Motel for discounted lodging for our Garlic
    Kathryn Armstrong               Kircher                   Colette M. Stanish
                                                                                                  Mustard removal crew ~ Ken Barber for providing us
   Christine Arvidson              Wayne &                    D.W. & Joyce Stibbs
                                                                                                  with discounted snowplowing services ~ Jens Bed-
   George & Merry Ball              Ruthanne Kladder          William & Mary Todt
                                                                                                  dermann for flying us over the shorelines and farms of
   Ellen V. Barrows                Oscar & Carolyn Kraft      Dana Vannoy
                                                                                                  Old Mission Peninsula, Acme, and the US 31 Corridor
   Daniel P. Baumhardt             Edith A. Krause            Suzanne J. Voltz
                                                                                                  ~ Bowers Harbor Inn for hosting our Preservation
   Naomi T. Borwell                Wendy MacGaw               Gloria Whelan
                                                                                                  Celebration and for the wonderful food, service, and
   Ruth W. Catton                  Rosemary Malocsay          Birgit Yetter
                                                                                                  atmosphere ~ Chateau Grand Traverse and Grandview
   George T. Clayton               Kent & Barbara Manning     Ron & Marty Yocum
                                                                                                  Catering for the generous discount on the fabulous wine
   Bonnie Craig &                  Jodi Marquis               Ralph A. &
                                                                                                  and food served at our Volunteer Appreciation event
    Dan Sylvester                  Diane McDonald              Margaret von Walthausen
                                                                                                  ~ ETM Electric Inc. for providing electrical services at
   Karen G. Culp                   Christie McGue &                                               our shop ~ Mel Guntzviller for recycling lumber ~ Al
   Robert & Arlene Dean             Robert Calt               Hurd for the purchase of a brush hog, and the oak lumber, paint and hardware for our
   Jock & Sue Denio                Dick & Shirley McNally     signs ~ The Lions Club for use of a trailer ~ Sally Menke for creating flyers for and oth-
   Michael H. Dennos               Harriet Miller-Brown       erwise promoting our events ~ Edward & Carolyn Moehle for electrical projects ~ Janet
   Alice J. Detzler                Bud & Joyce Mims           Ridge from the Northwood Café in Arcadia for the delicious cookies and lemonade for our
   Betsy & Stan Dole               Betty Mitchell             clean-up day ~ Dale Schneider for hauling away the old bridge refuse at Arcadia Marsh
   David & Linda Egeler            John & Nancy Morrison      ~ Joe Tanis from American Boat Rentals for transporting our land stewards to Long Lake
   Anthony Grybok                  Ray & Paula Nichols        island preserves and easement properties ~ Dori Tuner, Inn at Watervale for providing
   Lois Goldstein &                Julie Pearson              refreshments and hospitality in support of our Bird Blitz and our Grassland event ~ Chris
    John Heiam                     Robert W. & Ann H. Pike    Warner for time, gas, use of trailers, recycling metal, and sharing your employees in support
   Barry & Evelyn Harper           Mary J. Pitcher            of our Preserve clean-up day ~ Youth Corps members for their time and labor improving
   Bill Hyslop                     Eula Pray                  our preserves ~ And of course, all of our volunteers who so generously give their time,
   Harry & June Janis              John “Jinks” & Ruth Ross   talents and treasure in so many ways.

                                                        Land Champions
    The following people choose to make automatic monthly contributions from their checking or credit card
        accounts. Their generous, consistent support is crucial to our long-term planning and success.
  Joannie Abbott                   Glen & Rebecca Chown       Mark & Mary Beth Gentry         Peter Lepczyk               Megan & Andy Olds
  Erin Anderson                    Joseph & Leslie Cook       Brad Gerlach                    Josephine Marquis           Kate Pearson
  Joe & Kathryn Anderson           Xio Cordoba                Jeremy & Anni Gibson            Michael McCrary             Steve H. Perdue
  Christine Arvidson               Thomas Crampton            Mark A. Gilmore                 Thomas & Judith Mich        Mary C. Pratt
  Robert & Nancy Baglan            Carole Donaldson           Gerry G. Harsch                 Eileen Milner               Arvida Rascon
  Marcia Bellinger & Irv Stoner    Chad & Monica Evans        Jack Hood                       Anne Mudgett &              Kathleen Reinhard
  Warren & Barbara Berthelsen      Gordon & Barbara Evans     David & Christine Jaymes         Scott Furgueson            George &
  Rosaleen & Richard Borton        David Foley                Donald & Barbara King           Richard & Marilyn Mumaw      Heather Rinkel
  Jo Bullis                        George & Mary Ford         Gregory &                                                       Michael &
  Diane & Everett Chambers         Karen Garber &              Audrey Landsfeld                                                Libby Robold
                                    John DesMarais
                                                                                            IRA Charitable Rollover           Sally L. Rodgers
                                                                                         Extension Signed into Law            Carrie &
  Often your gift to the Conservancy        Allstate Giving Campaign
                                                                                                                               Mark Rollenhagen
can be doubled or even tripled by           Bank of America Matching Gifts             The Emergency Economic Stabi-          Philip J. Rosewarne
using your employer’s “Matching             Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club                 lization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424),      John &
Gifts” program. Many employers              Elk Rapids Rotary Club                     which includes an extension of the      Suzette Sanborn
support the charitable interests of         GE Foundation                              IRA Charitable Rollover, has been      Joan Sheard &
their employees. Ask your employer          Halliburton Political Action                                                       Myrna Yeakle
                                                                                       signed into law.
about matching gifts – they will            Committee                                                                         Chris & Ali Sullivan
provide you with a form to fill out         Harris Bank Foundation                     The extension allows individu-         Ward &
                                                                                                                               Francoise Swingle
and send along with your donation           IBM Corporation                            als 70½ and older to donate up
                                                                                                                              Paul Thomas
– we take care of the rest! We’ll even      Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship            to $100,000 from their IRAs to         Howard &
let you know when your gift has been        Fund                                       charities tax-free.                     Diane Walker
matched. If you have any questions          Microsoft Corporation - Matching                                                  Diane L. Wilbur
about matching gifts, please call us toll   Gifts                                      The extension is retro-active,         Wendy Wolfe &
free: 888.929.3866 or email info@           Pfizer Foundation                          applying to distributions made          Paul Wawrzynek Following are companies,         Rotary Charities of Traverse City          throughout both the 2008 and           Birgit Yetter
foundations and organizations that          Schneider Electric/Square D                2009 tax years.                        Yoga for Health
  have matched gifts in 2008:               Foundation

   Landscript Volume 48 / Fall 2008                                                                                                                    11
  Save                      31,710 Acres, 77 Miles of Shoreline,
the Date!                   and Counting...
                          Because of the support we receive from people like you, this year we were able to protect an additional 2,588 acres of
                          land, bringing our total to 31,710 acres of permanently protected land, with 77 miles of pristine shoreline.
                          Here are a few highlights of our 2008 successes (so far!):
Date: 02/07/2009
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
                          •Assisted the State of Michigan in acquiring 1,720 acres of land in Kalkaska County with over 7,000 feet on the North
Location: Various         Branch of the Manistee River – our second largest conservation project ever!
Conservancy Pre-
serves                    •Closed on the 212-acre Cedar Run Creek Natural Area in Long Lake Township
Join Conservancy
staff and volunteers
                          •Completed Round 3 of the Peninsula Township Purchase of Development Rights program, permanently protecting
for guided snowshoe-      two more farms
ing, cross-country ski-
ing, hiking and other     •Enhanced our Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Preserve in Antrim County by adding land that includes road frontage
activities. Food and
fun will follow. More     •Successfully assisted Peninsula township and the Friends of the Center Road Natural Area to secure 62 acres of land to
details online.           create new access to nature on the Old Mission Peninsula
Open House at             •Secured option to purchase 3.54 acres of currently commercially zoned property to protect the integrity of the Pyatt
GTRLC                     Lake Nature Preserve and to create a new addition to the Preserve
Date: 03/11/2009
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
                          •Completed the North County Wetlands Conservation Easement. This forested parcel includes a unique fen and the
GTRLC Offices,            North Country Trail runs along the entire eastern side of the property
3860 N Long Lake
Road, Suite D, TC         •Succeeded in raising the necessary funds to protect 345 acres of land to create the Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural
                          Area in Forest Home Township
Come meet the staff,
learn first-hand about
what we do and how        •In December, we have four more closings scheduled that include the protection of 100 more acres of working farm-
we do it, and explore     land and a 320-acre conservation easement on the Upper Manistee River
ways to get involved.
All are welcome!          None of this success would be possible without the generous gifts of funds, time, and effort we recieve from people all
Lunch will be             over our northern Michigan community and beyond. We humbly thank our donors, volunteers, community support-
provided.                 ers, and dedicated employees for ensuring that our mission to ”protect significant natural, scenic and farm lands
                          - now and for all future generations” continues to be fulfilled.

        3860 N. Long Lake Rd., Ste. D
        Traverse City, MI 49684
        tel: 231.929.7911

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