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  • Six Rivers and BNI partner on Network for Nature event!
  • Winter Free Fishing Weekend!
  • Jim Lloyd Chairs Oakland County TWLA
  • StewDay Volunteers Wanted!
  • Pipelines and Preserves

Six Rivers & BNI Host Network for Nature Event at the Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham March 10th!

Come on out and network with new colleagues while supporting the mission of Six Rivers!  The Stand will donate 10% of proceeds from the event to Six Rivers.  5:30 - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 10th at The Stand Gastro Bistro, 34977 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI.  Click here for flyer with event details.



Michigan State Parks Announce Free Fishing Weekend Activities!  


The 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend will occur Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15!  Several state parks are hosting events in honor of Free Fishing Weekend. All fishing license fees will be waived those two days and participants may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for many species of fish. Please note all fishing regulations will still apply.

Saturday, February 14
Winterfest at
Bay City State Recreation Area (all day)


Fishing Derby at Seven Lakes State Park (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Sunday, February 15,
Rec 101: Intro to Ice Fishing at
Bald Mountain Recreation Area (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)


For more details about these events, please visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors.


The annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend was initiated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1994 and allows Michigan citizens and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish for free – without a fishing license.
There is no charge to participate in the events, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to state parks and recreation areas.
A Recreation Passport grants vehicle access to any Michigan state park, boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the Passport for just $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State. Forgot to check “YES” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport supports state parks and local outdoor recreation opportunities at






Our esteemed Board of Directors Secretary, Jim Lloyd, convened as Chair his first Trails Water Land Alliance meeting last week.  The Trails Water Land Alliance  (TWLA) is a group of dedicated peers facilitated by the Oakland County Planning Group who are concerned with supporting the Green Infrastructure Network in Oakland County. 

Jim, thank you for your continuing service for conservation and the "Nature Near You!"

Even though it's winter, stewardship still happens at Six Rivers!  Why not bundle up, get outside and join us at an upcoming stewardship work day (StewDay!) at the Golden Preserve for Biological Diversity Saturday, March 28 for woody invasive shrub & brush removal from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Call or email Danielle to register and receive directions for parking at Golden. (248)601-2816 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pipelines and Preserves

The proposed ET ROVER Pipeline is slated to cut through the Lost Lake Preserve that was acquired last year.  The 538 acre preserve is protected by an easement held by Six Rivers and is owned and operated by Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy  (SMLC).  Six Rivers and SMLC are actively opposing the pipeline and its location, while at the same time working with ET ROVER to adjust the route on the property and address restoration concerns in case ROVER is successful in their bid to build it following the current plan.  The conservation easement prohibits pipelines and other utility corridors, but if the company is successful in proving a public need for the utility service they will be granted the ability to use eminent domain to complete the route.

ROVER is one of several pipeline proposals to bring gas from PA and WV to Michigan, other Midwestern states and Canada.  In addition to opposing the routing of ROVER because of its direct impacts to this preserve, this pipeline is also slated to cut through extremely sensitive lands in the South Branch of the Flint River and Belle River watersheds, where Six Rivers has done extensive work identifying priorities and seeking to protect them.  Other pipeline proposals would utilize existing rights-of-way. 

 The entire process is governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), while individual impacts are addressed by a range of agencies including MDEQ, USFWS, USEPA and others.  Six Rivers’ current approach is urging FERC to assess all pipeline proposals together to understand the full scope of demand and impacts, and then to require pipelines to make use of existing corridors to limit overall environmental impacts.  Six Rivers’ ED Chris Bunch testified before a FERC hearing in Flint on 12/10.  Click here for a link to his comments. Six Rivers has met with DTE, a major investor in one of the other proposals that uses existing right-of-way, and is working with other groups in Michigan and Ohio to steer the proposals to a common corridor to reduce impacts throughout the entire route.


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Six Rivers Helps Secure Major New Nature Preserve!

Six Rivers helped Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC ) acquire the new 538 acre Lost Lake Preserve in northern Oakland and southern Genesee counties.  Six Rivers holds a conservation easement on the preserve, which will be managed by SMLC.  An anonymous donor funded the acquisition.  The preserve can be seen between exit 106 and Baldwin Road on I-75.  It includes two lakes, wetlands, forest, remnant prairie and other habitat types.  The preserve will be opened to the public sometime in 2014 when access has been developed.

    Lost Lake in the News! 

    NBC Article - New Preserve

    MLive Preview Hike


 ~ Help Us Protect the Nature near you ~

 Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy is a non-profit conservation organization made up of members, donors and volunteers who believe it is important to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources that sustain us. We recognize and understand the value of an inviting landscape and a strong and vibrant natural resource base in our communities; it makes them attractive and healthy places to live and attracts people and institutions that create prosperity.

Toward that end, our work is with landowners who, on a voluntary basis, choose to take steps to protect their land and the integrity of the natural resources on it. For the most part our work is with private landowners who share these values for our natural heritage and choose to act on them in measurable, permanent ways. Though we are not a government or regulatory agency, on occasion they may have a role in a project we are involved in.

We also recognize that the opposite is true—when natural resources are degraded, our prosperity suffers. Similarly, public health and infrastructure costs increase.  For example treating the drinking water we all require or the discharges into the lakes and streams that provide recreation, beauty and fisheries. Our work supports vibrant and healthy economies, communities and natural resources. We invite you to join us as we work to sustain the best qualities of our region.

"Frosty Sentinel" by Mike Bauman   -   Photo Contest 2012