It all began with a vision.
Founders Ed and Bobbie Collins of Leland saw the future of Leelanau County in peril from over-development and increased demand for second and third summer homes. They feared seeing the loss of critical farmland and wetlands essential to the rural character of the County.
In 1988, their vision was put to work when they hired Brian Price, who had a degree in geology and an interest in fishing. Brian Price and his wife, Susan, took on the positions of Executive and Finance Directors and served for over 25 years. The staff of two has grown over the years and is now led by Executive Director Tom Nelson.
Since the beginning, the staff and board of the Leelanau Conservancy have worked tirelessly to protect the places that you love and the character that makes the Leelanau Peninsula so unique. Our organization has earned a reputation as one of the premier land trusts in the country, with projects touching lives and saving land in each of Leelanau’s 11 townships. Since our formation in 1988, we have preserved over 14,000 acres and created 26 Natural Areas for public enjoyment with more than 25 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails.
We have worked with over 200 families to preserve cherished lands. Some of the best views, most sensitive wetlands, and the biggest working farms have been forever protected because of the Leelanau Conservancy. With nearly 2,800 members backing us up, the Conservancy is making a very real difference in what Leelanau County is to become.