Why Preserve Land?

It is important to preserve what is special about our region for all time. Berrien County is home to beautiful and diverse natural spaces, which give this corner of Michigan its one-of-a-kind character. Chikaming Open Lands want to ensure that we fulfill our obligation to leave these open spaces in pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. To date, Chikaming Open Lands has been able to protect more than 1,600 acres of land in this area.

Preserving land supports the economic health of our community. This area enjoys a robust tourism industry, attracting visitors eager to hike our dunes and woodland trails, paddle our wetland areas, relax on the shores of Lake Michigan and observe the wide array of birds and other wildlife that call this area home. Our preservation work ensures these natural attractions remain unspoiled, and will continue to draw visitors.

To help protect the environment. land that is conserved and not developed, contributes to cleaner air, water and healthier soil. Nature will take care of all of this for us, as long as it is allowed to run its course. We are helping it to do just that.