The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy promotes healthy ecosystems and communities by providing permanent legal protection and ecological management of conservation lands and by engaging the public in the protection and enjoyment of these lands.
The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy envisions a future where residents and visitors enjoy clean waters, abundant wildlife, inspiring scenery, working lands, and a thriving economy. We see a future where our community values and supports UPLC as a vital institution that protects and contributes to the quality of life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We will be an integral link between a healthy ecosystem and a healthy community as we prepare the land for changes such as those due to global climate change and shifting demographics. The U.P. Land Conservancy will prepare for and meet these changes with a broad base of support and the financial independence to fulfill the commitments we have made.
Conservation for the sake of the Environment
We believe that the existence of healthy, bio-diverse ecosystems are naturally more resistant to climate change and have value beyond human needs.
We believe that ensuring the permanent protection of these lands, especially wilderness and water resources, will show respect for and have a far-reaching benefit for all life forms, even in those areas we are unable to protect.
Conservation for the Sake of People
We believe that protecting land benefits more than just the plants, animals and landscapes. Protecting land provides educational, recreational, public health, social, mental, economic, and other innumerable benefits.
We believe that as a land trust, we are responsible to the people that benefit from our land protection and it is our duty to ensure that they receive those benefits no matter their personal background or identity, history, physical capabilities, or financial means.
We believe that meeting or exceeding industry best practices, such as those laid out in the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices, should be integral to all of our operations.
We have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that all management decisions and projects taken will be within our capacity for in perpetuity care. The lack of foresight in one decision will impact the viability of all of our projects.
We have a legal and moral responsibility to the land and to the community. All our transactions and operations will be transparent and understandable, and staff and board will be held to the highest standards of ethics and professional practices.