Conserved Lands

The UPLC protects land in four main ways:

1) Conservation Easements like Harris Lake West

Bear at Harris Lake-2

Conservation Easements allow you to permanently protect YOUR land while still retaining ownership. UPLC’s role is simply to ensure that you are following mutually-agreed upon parameters that protect the conservation priorities and values of your land. Easements are generally privately owned properties that do not have public access. To learn more about how to protect your camp, family’s timber land, or other property, click here and then call us at (906) 225-8067. The benefits of protecting your land through a conservation easement are multi-faceted and lasting!

Other Easements Include:

AuTrain Bay
AuTrain River (GLNPO)
Slapneck Creek

Peshekee Wetlands
Ford River
Perch Lake East & West Lots
Porter Lake
Baldwin Kiln Lake GLNPO
Bat Lake
Harris Lake
Howe Lake West
Little Huron Headwaters
Mt. Benison
Orianna Creek GLNPO
Peshekee Headwaters
Reany Creek GLNPO

2) Trade Lands like the Spruce River Canoe Camp

Spruce River Cabin 2015-10-14_031_tn

Trade Lands are donated lands that do not meet our standards for Preserves or Reserves, which we sell to conservation-minded buyers in order to help support the UPLC’s stewardship mission.

Last year, we were contacted by a wonderful individual named Rick out of the blue. Rick told us an amazing story of his lifelong dream: to protect special places in the north woods by purchasing land, restoring it, and passing it off to conservation organizations like ours. He’s been exploring and conserving beautiful places across the continent and educating others about the dire necessity to protect our land from Montana to Iowa to Canada and recently the Upper Peninsula. Due to health circumstances, Rick is unable to personally see his dream come to life and so he called us up and asked what we could do with his gorgeous and historic camp on Spruce River. The property did not meet our requirements for land that we can own, so with Rick’s blessing, we found a conservation-minded buyer who purchased the donated property and loves it as much as Rick does! With the funds from selling the donated property, we have expanded our staff’s capacity and will carry Rick’s dream forward into the future.

Are you thinking about what to do with your land? Have you considered donating it? Please call us at (906)225-8067 for more details about our trade lands program and we’ll talk you through what the benefits to you are for donating your land.

3) Conservation Preserves like Tory’s Woods


Tory’s Woods Preserve was donated to UPLC by the Parlin family in 2014. Since then, we have established trails  and have signage and brochures, and it is open for public enjoyment (Click here to download the trail map and brochure.)  Environmental education programs may be run here in the future!

While our Nature Preserves are open to the public, some of them are quite remote, especially those that have been aside specifically to protect a sensitive species or ecosystem. Some Preserves are also only accessible by traversing through adjacent private property, for which we need to gain access permission. We take field trips out some-difficult-to-access preserves and survey for unique flora and fauna, so keep checking our Events Page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming preserve visits!

The Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve Project is a distinct project we have taken on with the help of more than 20 partnering local organizations. Check it out!

Maps and descriptions coming soon for the following Preserves:

Betcher’s Plat Lot 43, Betcher’s Plat Lot A
Sievers Preserve
Wegwas Lake Preserve
Ford Eagle Preserve
Gamber-Brisky Preserve
Indian Lake Preserve
Murphy Family Preserve

4) Conservation Reserves like the Debelak Forest Reserve

Debelak 2014-03

Reserves are parcels of land that we sustainably harvest, in a manner that promotes habitat restoration.  Often times these are lands that have been clearcut in the past and have either been left alone or mismanaged prior to our acquisition.  Once we own a Reserve, we will be planting, harvesting, and maintaining the land in a way that mimics healthy, natural processes.  The timber sales income supports the sustainable growth of the UPLC and the acquisition of more preserves that we can open for public enjoyment.

The Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve is an in-town example of our restoration forestry and has four miles of trails for you to explore!

Other Conservation Reserves:

Forests for the Future #1-22