Conservation and Management Planning for Livingston Land Conservancy (2015)

Client Organization: 
Livingston Land Conservancy
Project Location : 
Howell, MI
Summary of Project Idea: 

The Livingston Land Conservancy is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Brighton, Michigan, with the mission of preserving the unique natural areas and working farmland of Livingston County. The Conservancy has set a goal to attain accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance in the next 3-5 years. Part of the accreditation process includes written management plans for preserves, and a deliberate method for choosing new projects to pursue. To this end, I conducted site visits to their recent land acquisitions in order to inventory ecological characteristics, identify management issues, and develop management and restoration plans. I also designed a decision-making tool to be used for prioritizing new land purchases based on habitat quality.

Skills/Expertise Needed: 

The below skills are needed but can be built during the course of the project:
Critical thinking, management planning, primary and secondary research, marketing, fundraising, leadership, community engagement and outreach, land acquisition, stewardship and protection

SEAS Program Areas: 
Conservation Ecology (Aquatic Sciences, Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology)
Contact full name: 
Brian Hartmann and Meredith Bohdan
Job title: 
Board Members - Livingston Land Conservancy
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Ines Ibanez
Contact Phone: 
3134210520 / 2484440154
Contact information: 
SNRE alum
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Julie McLaughlin, MS Conservation Ecology
Additional primary contact, SNRE Alum, Meredith Bohdan
Project Status: 
Past Project