Conservation Buyer Program
The Leelanau Conservancy has a unique knowledge of the lands of the Leelanau Peninsula. Through our Conservation Buyer Program, we provide information that brings conservation properties currently for sale to the attention of buyers who are interested in enjoying a spectacular property while helping to protect its ecological, scenic and agricultural character. Properties that are already permanently conserved may be listed here as well. Properties listed on our website meet the criteria for permanent protection under a conservation easement held by the Leelanau Conservancy.
Conservation buyers may work together with the Leelanau Conservancy to permanently conserve the property within a year of their purchase. Buyers can become eligible for significant tax benefits. These benefits can help substantially offset the costs of acquisition of the property.
Note: Private property under a conservation easement with the Leelanau Conservancy remains private. The agreement does not require public access to the property, and the property remains on the tax rolls. Although we serve as an information resource for potential stewards of important properties, we are not realtors or brokers. Our interest is solidly rooted in permanently protecting land in private ownership. As such, we accept no fees or commissions for our work in bringing together conservation-minded buyers and sellers. Periodically, the Conservancy will publish via our website an inventory of the available properties of which we are aware and have an interest in conserving. When reviewing the available properties, please note that there may be other properties for sale worthy of conservation that we have simply not yet heard about. Questions?
Contact our Conservation Easement Program Manager Yarrow Brown.
Do you own a property you wish to sell that:
- Possesses significant ecological, scenic and/or agricultural features?
- Is at least 20 acres in size?
If so, we encourage you to contact our Land Protection Staff at (231) 256-9665 or contact our Conservation Easement Program Manager Yarrow Brown.
18 Acres with One Building Site in Glen Arbor
Wonderful acreage site, located just south of the quaint Lake Michigan village of Glen Arbor. This parcel is subject to be split from a larger, nearly 22 acre parcel, but has 1.6 acres of build-able area and is the beneficiary of just under 17 acres of protected land, a part of the iconic “cranberry bog. Exceptional conservation values with birding and wildlife, mature hardwoods, white birches, and towering pines.Learn More
120-Acre Snow Moon Ranch (Not Yet Protected, Conservation Easement Potential)
120 acres, $2,900,000. The measure and geography of 120-acre Snow Moon Ranch affords both the luxury of seclusion as well as breathtaking views of majestic Leelanau County making it a premiere Northern Michigan offering. The custom home, rustic barns, and cottage gardens nestled among towering evergreens and hardwoods, provide an intimate sanctuary.Learn More
184 acres on E Pleasant Hill Rd looking for conservation buyer (not yet protected)
There are one hundred and eighty-four acres, of which 58 acres are planted in tart cherries, and 5 acres are planted in sweet cherries—a total of 7,337 trees; the orchard is actively maintained and vineyard suitableLearn More
22 Acres on Northwood Dr. – Glen Arbor
22 acres that abuts some of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore land south and slightly east of Glen Arbor. Four acres available for a home site and 17.5 acres protected with a private conservation easement.Learn More