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The following organizations are concerned with native plants, natural landscaping, preservation of natural areas, or similar topics. Most of these listings are specific to Michigan, although some of the groups also have regional or national organizations.

 
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Great Lakes Information Network – A great source of information about the Great Lakes Region, including ecosystems, endangered and exotic plants, and land use.

Huron Land Use Alliance – A coalition of organizations concerned about land-use planning and suburban sprawl in Washtenaw County.

Huron River Watershed Council – A group supported by local governments, businesses, and individuals that works to protect the Huron River system. Sponsors programs such as Adopt-a-Stream, land-use planning, and wetland identification.

Michigan Botanical Club – The native-plant society for the state of Michigan. Holds monthly meetings and sponsors field trips.

Michigan Natural Areas Council – A group that evaluates natural areas and works toward the preservation of entire ecosystems.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory – Maintains a database of Michigan’s endangered, threatened, or special concern plant and animal species, natural communities, and other natural features.

Natural Area Preservation Division, City of Ann Arbor Department of Parks & Recreation – The group responsible for maintaining the city’s natural areas, especially within the city parks. Conducts plant and animal surveys, prescribed burns, and volunteer work days.

Oak Openings Region – A site sponsored by the Nature Conservancy to provide information on the rare oak openings ecosystem of northwestern Ohio, near Toledo. Region map, plant information and photos, descriptions of plant communities, and list of parks and preserves.

Oakland Land Conservancy – Works to preserve the last few remaining natural areas in highly developed Oakland County, near Detroit.

Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter – Encompasses all the Michigan groups of “the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.”

Southern Michigan Prescribed Fire Council – Promotes the safe use of prescribed fire on the southern Michigan landscape.

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy – Works to preserve natural areas and open space in nine counties in southwestern Michigan. Three SWMLC preserves are open to the public.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council – Works to protect the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands of four northern Michigan counties.

Washtenaw Land Trust – A nonprofit corporation that works to protect farmland, natural areas, and open space in Washtenaw County.

Wildflower Association of Michigan – An organization that promotes the stewardship of native wildflowers and their habitats. Holds an annual conference and provides grants to schools to support natural habitat gardens.

Wild Ones—Natural Landscapers, Ltd. – The national organization.

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