Conservation Easement Landowner Gatherings

Thank you to everyone who attended the April 23rd Conservation Easement Landowner Gathering-At the Leland Lodge!

Thank you to the Leland Lodge and staff and the Grossnickle family for hosting!  And to Derek Shiels of Rate My Land and Liana May of Borealis Consulting for sharing their presentations and knowledge.

For a copy of Liana’s Presentation- Biological and Ecological Surveys for Conservation Land Presentation click on the links below (it is in two parts due to the final size)

Part I, Part II

For a copy of Derek Shiel’s Presentation click on the links below (it is in three parts due to the final size)

Part I, Part II, Part III

April 2016 invite

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 27th, 2015 Conservation Easement Landowner Gathering-At 45 North Vineyard and Winery!

The discussion and feedback on trespass concerns and the private landowner sign was greatly appreciated.

Thank you to 45North Winery staff and the Grossnickle family for hosting and showing us around the property!

June 2015 Invite

June 2014 Conservation Easement Landowner Gathering At Clay Cliff’s Natural Area

June 2014  Invite

JUNE 2013 Conservation Easement Landowner Gathering-

Special Thanks to Paul Drysdale with Drysdale Forestry who gave an informative presentation on forestry and helped lead a hike at our Krumwiede Forest Reserve. For more information download the invite below or contact Yarrow:

June 2013 Invite

Thank you to Kay and Jim Charter at Saving Birds Thru Habitat ( for hosting the 2012 Conservation Easement Landowner Gathering.

What a beautiful piece of land with so much hard work and dedication put into the restoration and invasive species removal. We took a tour of the Sanctuary and learned about the various practices used by Kay and Jim on their property to both protect bird habitat, but also remove invasive species.

For those of you who have not visited Saving Birds, please call Kay for a tour. (231) 271-3738.

Below are links to the powerpoint presentations and other information presented at this gathering.

Daniel Schillinger, Forester– Presented on: Forest Pests and Autumn Olive Removal. Click here to download.

Kay Charter, Saving Birds Thru Habitat- Presentation on Charter Sanctuary, Click here to download.

Eric Ellis, Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA), Presented on Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects/What services CRA can provide (presentation coming shortly)

Conservation Resource Alliance website (

Jason Kimbrough, NRCS, presented briefly on some of the programs NRCS has to offer. However, since the Farm Bill is not yet official and still being negotiated, he encourage anyone who is interested to contact him directly. The CE landowner gathering walked around the wetland on the Charter Sanctuary which was part of an NRCS program known as the Wetland Reserve Program or WRP. To learn more click on the link below or call Jason at the NRCS office in Traverse City.

Jason Kimbrough
Traverse City (Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties)
1501 Cass Street, Ste. A
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231/941-0951
FAX: 231/929-7890