Our parks and natural areas are available and preserved for the good of all of us. 

Whether it’s a neighborhood park or a state wilderness area—our parks and public land are where Michiganders connect with nature and also with each other.

For many decades, Michiganders have worked hard to preserve, protect and invest in our parks and natural areas.  Their commitment made our family picnics, our beach days and our camping trips possible.  Without a doubt, those family traditions are worth passing on to the next generation. And today we have the knowledge and skills to manage our natural areas more responsibly and sustainably than ever before.

But today some of our leaders don’t seem to understand what’s at stake. Where you see sand dunes, they see dollar signs. Where you see community gardens, they see wasted space. Where you see a vibrant forest, they see government overreach. That disconnect has produced state legislators who want to auction off our forests and parks to the highest bidder.

In recent years, we’ve seen protections for critical sand dunes dismantled, efforts to strip funding for some of our most cherished parks, attacks on science-based management of our public lands, proposals to open up historic forests and local communities to unchecked oil and gas development.

Now it is up to us to protect them for future generations of Michiganders. Since the organization was founded in 1999, Michigan LCV members have been on the front lines, stopping the worst-of-the-worst. In this section you can find about the pressing challenges facing our parks and public land, as well as learn what you can do to make a difference in protecting them:

Blog Archives

Michigan LCV applauds Governor-elect Whitmer’s DEQ and DNR appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 27, 2018 Contact: Katie Parrish, Communications Director, (239) 537-9507 Michigan LCV applauds Governor-elect Whitmer’s DEQ and DNR appointments . . .

Michigan LCV releases 2017-18 Environmental Scorecard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 27, 2018 Contact: Katie Parrish, Communications Director, (239) 537-9507, katieparrish@michiganlcv.org Michigan LCV releases 2017-18 Environmental Scorecard Scorecard details bad . . .

Michigan LCV statement on Gov. signing Natural Resources Trust Fund legislation into law

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today issued the following statement after Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 551 into law. The . . .

Michigan LCV blasts lawmakers for passing ‘Fox Guarding the Henhouse Bills’

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) today blasted the Michigan House of Representatives for passing an amended version of . . .

Michigan LCV announces first-ever early endorsement class of environmental champions

Ann Arbor, MI- The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) issued early endorsements today for 15 candidates running for office in . . .

Michigan LCV calls on lawmakers to reject bills that put polluters in charge of public health, environment

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today renewed its call for lawmakers to reject Senate Bills 652 and 653 – . . .

National Environmental Scorecard highlights congressional voting records

Scorecard highlights need for lawmakers at local, state and national levels to make water quality a priority LANSING – The Michigan League of . . .

Michigan LCV urges Snyder to oppose Senate Bill 551

LANSING – The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today called on Governor Rick Snyder to oppose Senate Bill 551, legislation that would allow powerful . . .

Governor’s budget puts pressure on Legislature to deliver bold vision for water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 LANSING – Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters today said Governor Snyder’s budget proposal . . .

Michigan LCV statement on Governor Snyder’s “Renew Michigan” recycling proposal

LANSING – Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s “Renew Michigan” . . .