Why it Matters: The Northern Lake Huron Shoreline project spans across five counties in the northeastern Lower Peninsula and southeastern Upper Peninsula. This area is defined by its unique ecological feature, the Niagara Escarpment, and contains many different habitats such as marshes, dunes, and alvar. The site attracts eco-tourism, recreational activities, and dolomite mining. It is home to rare plant and animal species such as Houghton’s goldenrod, pitcher’s thistle, dwarf lake iris, Hines emerald dragonfly, and eastern massasauga among others. This area also serves as a migratory stopover habitat for hundreds of bird species.


  • Protect​ high-quality coastal lands and core biodiversity areas.
  • Restore and maintain core areas by reducing or eliminating negative impacts on systems. 
  • Create viable, resilient and connected habitat benefitting native species and the major economic drivers of recreation and ecotourism.
  • Raise awareness by collaborating with local partners to increase participation at annual events and use social media to engage visitors on preserves.

Conservancy preserves in this region:
Carl A. Gerstacker Nature Preserve at Dudley Bay
John Arthur Woollam Preserve
Maxton Plains Preserve
Grass Bay Preserve


Contact: Rich Tuzinsky│517.944.0507