Planned Giving

Join the Cedar Society

A sunny day illuminates a deep cedar grove. Old, twisting trunks rise out of a watery forest floor.
46°26’42” N 86°48’34” W

How do you envision the future of the Upper Peninsula? If you’re like us, you see crystal-clear rivers, recreation opportunities, healthy forests, abundant wildlife, and a thriving economy that endure far into the future. It is never too soon to start planning for that future, and you can help us get there.

The Cedar Society is a group of dedicated supporters of the UP Land Conservancy who are protecting the future of our Peninsula with their legacy plans; some have given gifts of land or Conservation Easements now, some have let us know that they will use other legacy giving tools like bequests.

The Cedar Society is named for the Northern White Cedar, Thuja Occidenatlis, a much loved tree in the Upper Peninsula. It is honored by the Anishinaabe Ojibwe with the name “Nookomis Giizhik,” which means “Grandmother Cedar,” for its life-giving qualities. The gifts of Grandmother Cedar include crafts, culture, and medicine, and the longevity of these gifts is particularly noteworthy. Cedar can live upwards of 1,000 years, and when the tree comes to rest on the surface of the earth, Cedar continues to give to nutrients to the forest for another 1,000 years as a “nurse log,” providing shelter for the next generation, ensuring the continuity of the forest.

Cedar Society members have pledged to ensure the continuity of UPLC’s ecosystem for the next generation by giving gifts that continue giving after them. They include those who give Land and Conservation Easements in the present as well as those who will remember UPLC in their estate and legacy plans in the future with various tools such as gifts of land, gifts of stock, or bequests of another type. Special events are held for Cedar Society members every year!

No matter your current station in life, you can begin preparing your conservation legacy today. Your planned gift can benefit you and your loved ones, while simultaneously helping to protect the wild places of the Upper Peninsula for years to come.