Welcome. Visit our projects and events sections to learn how you can take action to help protect the environment, tackle the spread of invasive species, and learn about the growing movement to promote native plants in West Michigan.
The West Michigan Conservation Network is an effective, diverse, and sustainable partnership of environmental groups, educational institutions, governmental organizations, and private citizens working to conserve and enhance our natural communities through ecosystem restoration and public education. We are organized to manage:
Habitat Restoration and Management
Maintain and improve the ecosystem quality, function and resilience of a targeted group of sites within the WMCN service community.
Maintain and/or enhance the ecosystem services and recreational opportunities for the benefit of citizens throughout the WMCN region.
Strengthen the long-term success and effectiveness of restoration projects through complementary strategies.
Public and Partner Learning and Engagement
Provide the public with access to cohesive, aligned and unbiased educational opportunities and materials on topics of greatest conservation concern.
Provide all WMCN Partners with the opportunity to increase their organizational capacity and expertise through Network-coordinated trainings and tools.
Provide additional conservation-themed presentations and events for the benefit of the WMCN and its Partners, as needed.
Organizational Structure and Function
Ensure each WMCN member understand its responsibilities as a partner, its role in the organization, and the opportunities for participation in Network projects.
Ensure the format of Network communication, interaction, and function is maximally-inclusive and implemented with the fewest possible logistical impediments.
Ensure the Network’s data, finances, and progress toward desired outcomes is clear and made easily available to partners, stakeholders, and the public.
Our Partners are working together to educate the public about environmental issues and encourage the residents of West Michigan to value healthy ecosystems. Take a look at some of the great work they are engaged in.
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan and Blandford Nature Center are partnering to transform the 121-acre former Highlands Golf Club in northwest Grand Rapids into a natural area for community recreation and education. The property adjoins Blandford and the purchase will essentially double the size…
Background West Michigan Conservation Network partners are teaming up to launch efforts to control and eradicate Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Funding for the work in West Michigan has been obtained by a grant distributed through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration. Grant…
Imagine students whose classrooms are their communities, who do hands-on projects that demonstrate their important role in creating change right where they live. Picture teachers who can nurture those students because they have the resources and support they need to…