So much to celebrate!

In this season of harvest, we'd love to have you join with us to celebrate the good things that have happened this year. 

September 10th: Chocolay Bayou Celebration Day! 8 am birding hike, 10 am native plant safari (ending with a tour of the Chocolay Raptor Center!), 3 pm canoe (or kayak of paddle board!) flotilla starting and landing at the Chocolay Township Marina, paddling together into the Bayou. (THIS IS A CHANGE, we will not be launching from the M28 DNR site!). 6 pm Dedication: briefs talks by the UPLC, Dan and Kim DiLoretto (the previous owners), George Hallam (a long-time local and donor), and Scott and Jude Emerson (local activists long involved in the project). Click here to download, print, and fold up your dedication program and map.


A public forum will be held later this fall for public input on trail managment for the Preserve. For more information on the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve, the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy, or on joining the Chocolay Bayou Preservers in their mission to protect and care for the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve into the future, please call or email the UPLC at (906) 225-8067 or

For those of you who have been following this story since the beginning, we ended up doing things just a little differently than we originally planned, and you can click here to read those details. The changes are legal-description-oriented and will enhance the conservation value of the land and ensure that UPLC is able to fully protect the property as promised.

The second "Over the River and Through the Woods" 5k trail run and hike has been rescheduled to a late-spring race at the end of May! Refunds have been issued, but we are excited for the srping run! The race will be followed up by a silent auction, prizes for racers, and dinner upstairs at the Ore Dock Brewing Company! Registration will be open soon at


The UPLC has been working since 1999 to conserve and protect the land of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to ensure sustainable management for generations to come.  With your help, we now protect nearly 6,000 acres in the Upper Peninsula, with 10 dedicated Preserves, 23 experimental working forest reserves, and 19 conservation easements with partnering organizations and private land owners. Our latest newsletter can be found in the "news and publications" tab.



Thank you for helping protect land today for life tomorrow!