One of the earliest properties in Michigan protected by The Nature Conservancy, the 80-acre Robinson Woods Preserve in Chikaming Township features steep slopes cut by streams that run through virgin and second-growth forest on former agricultural lands and floodplains. The preserve was named after William and Jean C. Robinson who gave The Nature Conservancy 65 acres in 1968 and an additional 15 acres in 1973. COL acquired this property through a transfer in late 2009.
Small streams have cut channels 30 to 50 feet deep in the surrounding uplands. The undisturbed vegetation in the stream valleys and on the adjacent steep slopes is impressive. Club moss, black gum and spotted wintergreen are conspicuous at this site. Long-eared owl, Cerulean warbler, Louisiana waterthrush and hooded warbler are among the state’s rare birds that take advantage of these woods.