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Our History, What We Do and What We Have Accomplished

Most of our board members have been involved in conservation efforts since 1991, when we joined with Jack Smiley to form the Superior Land Conservancy. We worked on that board until we decided to form a new group, Superior Land Preservation Society, so we could concentrate solely on preservation issues within Superior Township.

We keep up on local affairs, the Township Administration, Township Parks Commission, County Parks and other local issues.  We are able to act quickly if information is received which suggests either something promising or something threatening.

We provide early support and advocacy for worthy projects, including acting as a liaison, and perhaps providing information or financial support and assistance for items such as appraisal fees or title work.

The SLPS does not own real property or conservation easements.  That is left for larger organizations or entities.  A larger organization, such as Washtenaw Count Parks, or other Land Conservancies have more substantial financial resources and could be existence for a long time.  A conservation easement is for perpetuity, and future events might raise the need to defend it.  The SLPS does not try to duplicate these actions, although we may act more quickly, within the scope of our resources.

One of our proudest and most recent collaborative efforts has been assistance with the preservation of 145 acres adjacent to Schroeter Park.  Working with Superior Township officials, the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program, and the Superior Township Parks and Recreation Department, 65 acres are preserved as a County Park.  80 adjacent acres are covered by a conservation easement. This property has been named in honor of Ellen Elliott Weatherbee, a naturalist whose Natural Features Survey of Superior township helped identify this property as valuable for preservation.

We have assisted the Parks Commission with construction of the boardwalk at the Cherry Hill Nature Preserve.

We purchased the site of the original Free Church on Gottfredson Road  at Ford Road, to protect it and add it to the Free Church Cemetery, reuniting the two parts of this historic township property.  The title to this property was passed to the Township.  There is now an archaeologic dig at the site by the University of Michigan Dearborn to identify a fuller history of the site.

On February 16, 2010, the Superior Township Board of Trustees approved a Consent Judgment, which covers 77 acres located at the northwest corner of Prospect and Geddes Roads. The Consent Judgment resulted in the resolution of a lawsuit to place 235 homes served by a private wastewater treatment system on the property.  They will not be allowed.  The Consent Judgment also results in the following:

We arranged for cows, chickens and other farm animals from Sugar Bush Farm, as well as a display of live Owls and Hawks and other native animals to be part of the annual Superior Day celebration sponsored by the Township and held in Oakbrook Park.

We can help residents obtain conservation easements by providing information, contributions and assistance with procedural matters such as appraisals and title work.