Menu
Home Membership/Donate Partner With Us Become a Member The Conservation Circle COL Endowment Business Members Honoraria & Memorials Preserving Land Preserving Land Why Preserve Land? How To Protect Your Land Partnership with The Pokagon Fund Glossary of Terms Protected Properties Map Our Preserves Burns Prairie Preserve Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve Critter Haven Preserve Dayton Wet Prairie Preserve Edward and Elizabeth Leonard Wildlife Preserve Eleanor O'Connor Wilson Woods Preserve Flynn Woods Preserve Grand Beach Marsh Preserve Harbert Woods Preserve Jens Jensen Preserve Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh Merganser Point Preserve Merritt Family Preserve Robinson Woods Preserve The Woods Preserve Turtle Creek Preserve Younger Family Preserve Visit Our Preserves Grand Beach Marsh Preserve Jens Jensen Preserve Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh Robinson Woods Preserve Turtle Creek Preserve Stewardship Stewardship Caring for the Land Volunteer Stewardship Ongoing Projects Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve Improvements Flynn Woods Preserve Recreational Improvements Other Improvement Projects Invasive Species News & Events Latest News and Photos News Media Clips Photo Galleries COL Video Library Publications Current Newsletter Archived Newsletters Current 2019 Annual Report 2018 Annual Report Upcoming Events Events Calendar 10th Annual Barn Benefit About About About Chikaming Open Lands Milestones Current Audited Financial Statement Board of Directors Current COL Board of Directors Staff Current COL Staff Blog Contact

Preserving Land

Chikaming Open Lands' (COL) mission is to preserve the diverse natural beauty of this corner of Southwest Michigan. We accomplish this in two ways: conservation easements and nature preserves.

Private land ownership is a vital part of our landscape and an increasing number of landowners want to conserve the lands they love. COL partners with landowners by placing conservation easements on their property to permanently preserve its open space and protect its natural or agricultural character by limiting development. This is a win-win situation: the land is protected, and the landowner maintains ownership!

Additionally, COL owns and manages property as nature preserves which are open to the public. These properties have been donated, transferred, or sold by the landowners to COL. Several preserves have trails that are actively maintained, and visitors are welcome to enjoy! Other preserves have sensitive habitat or trails that are still in development, and visitors are encouraged to arrange a visit with COL staff.

Founded in December 1999, COL protected its first five acres just two years later. Today, the organization works with many landowners and has protected land throughout southern Berrien County, preserving the one-of-a-kind natural and rural character of this area.

Protecting the Land ~ Preserving our Heritage.