Northwoods Initiative. Photo: William PoolePhoto credit: William Poole

Northern Michigan is draped in dense forests, threaded by wild rivers, and embraced by Great Lakes on two sides. Our work here has focused on preserving some of the area’s wildest country and premier outdoor destinations. In recent years we’ve protected thousands of acres in the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area and surrounding nearby Prickett Lake, both of which lie along the North Country National Scenic Trail.

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Michigan projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Black River, MI

This National Wild and Scenic River in Ottawa National Forest on the extreme western end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers abundant opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and canoeing.

Fitzgerald Neighborhood Framework Plan 2016

More than 20 square miles of vacant land lie within Detroit city limits. The legacy of decades of depopulation and disinvestment, the vacant land drains the city’s resources and poses threats to neighborhood safety—but it also holds potential for outdoor recreation, job creation, affordable housing, food security, small businesses, clean air and water, and climate change resiliency.

Grand Island, Michigan

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Hiawatha included Native American legends about Lake Superior's Grand Island, which boasts a 150-year-old cedar swamp, as well as Echo Lake, believed to be the world's largest beaver-formed lake.

Humbug Marsh, Michigan

In September 2004, coastal wetland Humbug Marsh was transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Kalamazoo Community Group, Michigan

The Community Green Mapping Project shows that almost 7,000 children
within Kalamazoo City and more than 28,000 outside the city limits do
not live within a 10-minute walk of publicly accessible play areas.

Macomb Orchard Trail, Michigan

TPL acquired 23.5-miles of the Macomb Orchard Trail as part of The Southeast Millennium Greenways Trails program.

Sturgeon River Gorge

For several years The Trust for Public Land has been building on earlier efforts to protect this key recreation destination in the Ottawa National Forest. In 2014 we helped protect an additional 175 acres to complete the conservation effort in the watershed, ensuring access to the river, lake, and the North Country National Scenic Trail, t

Sturgeon River, MI

With its rugged terrain, mature forests, and remote location, the
14,000-acre Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness features stunning
waterfalls, rapids, ponds, oxbows, and terraces along the river's
13-mile run in Michigan's deepest valley.

Northwoods Initiative. Photo: William Poole

The Trust for Public Land established the Northwoods Initiative to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.