In memoriam

In memoriam

With great sadness we mourn the passing of John Phillip Surratt, longtime Conservancy friend and Trustee.  Phil was a champion for conservation and a mentor to many.  After earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, Phil became president of American Title Company of Washtenaw, serving in that capacity from 1969 until his […]

EMU students beat back buckthorn

EMU students beat back buckthorn

“I found a spider’s nest. I got to get a picture of this,” yelled Remell “Remy” Thomas, a senior at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Her four classmates crowded around Thomas as she knelt beside the base of a large buckthorn shrub snapping photographs of spider eggs. The EMU students were helping clear buckthorn shrubs—an invasive […]

Restoration at work

Restoration at work

Legacy’s stewardship team and volunteer Sara Lupkas spent October 26 tossing handfuls of fluffy white and tiny brown seeds at the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Preserve’s prairie restoration site, 15-acres of former farmland. Native grasses and wildflowers—from seeds collected at a Legacy conservation easement, at the Reichert Nature Preserve, and at the planted prairie communities […]