Through Michigan’s Advancing Conservancy Excellence Program (ACE), we help Michigan land trusts learn how to connect with their communities, be strategic in their work, and advocate for policies and funding needed to permanently protect land. We help land trusts interested in applying for accreditation and provide training to staff and board members. Why? So the people of Michigan have clean water, open spaces and access to healthy, vibrant lands that sustain them economically, culturally and emotionally
ACE meets Michigan land trusts where they are today to help them grow and reach their organization’s next step of excellence. That next step is defined by the land trust. Our assistance is a varied as the land trusts we serve. For some it is becoming financially sustainable, or finding better ways to protect an important natural area or keep a working farm in production.
This program makes land trusts stronger, more strategic, and more sustainable. This allows land trusts to better protect access to clean freshwater and permanently save high quality natural areas and working lands.
How ACE Helps Land Trusts
- We support land trusts interested in applying for accreditation and provide training to staff and board members.
- The Land Trust Alliance focuses on individual land trusts, giving them tools to improve their systems and become better at protecting Michigan’s special places (guided Standards and Practices assessments, mentoring, consultations, small grants); and
- We provide training and coaching, and connect Michigan land trust staff, board members and volunteers to build a strong and educated conservation community.
There are now 11 accredited land trusts in Michigan, the most in any state in the Midwest.
The ACE Program is made possible through the generous support of The Carls Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and individual donors like you. Our partnership has benefitted more than 18 land trusts working every day to protect special places in communities across Michigan.
Want to Be Part of the Program?
If you would like more information about this program, please contact MaryKay O’Donnell via email or call 269-352-7032.