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The Thumb Land Conservancy (TLC) is working to fill the gap of natural area preservation in Michigan's Thumb, including Saint Clair, Sanilac, Huron, Tuscola, Lapeer, and Macomb Counties.
Although much attention has been given to a few areas near Lake Saint Clair, the Thumb has been largely ignored. There is a general misconception that little is worth saving north of Detroit because of urban development and agriculture. While much of the landscape has been drastically altered, many high quality natural areas remain. Some places are nearly pristine, resembling conditions prior to European settlement about 200 years ago. Regardless of condition, extensive destruction makes preservation even more critical in the Thumb. Small, degraded habitat fragments often serve as isolated havens for rare plant species and can be restored and expanded. We believe all natural landscapes are important locally because they reflect a unique combination of history and features particular to that location. Many benefits of nature are obtained and enjoyed only locally. We believe it is especially important for children to have natural areas nearby where they can play, grow, and learn.
- William Collins
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