Michigan Nature Association
The Michigan Nature Association is an association in the U.S. state of Michigan which was established in 1952. It is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting Michigan's exceptional natural habitats and extraordinary and endangered plants and animals. It has preserved 172 nature sanctuaries in 58 counties throughout Michigan.
Sound stewardship is one our highest priorities and our volunteer program generates thousands of hours of donated volunteer labor. Our stewardship accomplishments in fye 2017 include over 150 volunteer workdays across the state to remove invasive species,implementing prescribed burns to restore native prairies, and improving visitor accessibility at select sites.
Mna offers exposure to michigan's natural heritage through its network of more than 170 nature sanctuaries in 59 of michigan's 83 counties, including site-based education activities and community outreach efforts. In fye 2017, mna organized hikes and field trips at mna nature sanctuaries across the state; completed youth stewardship projects including eagle scouts; and facilitated ecological research projects at mna sanctuaries conducted by university students and faculty and independent researchers. Mna also offered university-level internships to students during the fiscal year and provided additional educational opportunities through its website and publications.
Mna focuses its land protection program on protecting the rare, threatened and endangered species and natural communities that play such a vital role in michigan's rich natural heritage. In fye 2017, mna protected 449 additional acres at 7 locations. Land protection expenses do not include the cost of the land itself which is capitalized. The value of land acquisition by purchase or gift in fye 2017 was 282,178