The Chippewa Luce Mackinac Conservation District (CLMCD) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Conservation Grants Program. The 2023 Conservation Grants Program application period closed on February 10, 2023 after a 70-day request for proposals period.

The 2023 Conservation grants are being used to fund local conservation projects that support wildlife habitat, shoreline erosion control, recreation opportunities, pollinator habitat, environmental education, dune restoration, public access, and vegetative management. The following organizations/individuals are each being awarded with a 2023 grant.

—Matthew Kerkhof, Newberry, Michigan for the protection of shoreline using natural shoreline protection techniques on the Lower Millecoquins River in Mackinac County.

—Carol Stiffler, McMillan, Michigan for the creation of a pollinator garden.

—Supporting Water and Land Environments – SWALE, Pickford, Michigan for the restoration and protection of the M-134 MDOT beach/dune area.

—Scott Laursen & Eva Stapleton, Brimley, Michigan for the creation of a public accessible pollinator meadow in Brimley.

—All Saints Episcopal Church, Newberry, Michigan for the creation of a pollinator garden at their church.

—Hessel School House – Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center, Hessel, Michigan for their Connecting People with Nature 2023 Conservation Education Series.

—Drummond Island Silent Sports Ltd., Drummond Island, Michigan, for the improvement and enhancement of the Drummond Island Township Park Heritage Trail signage.

The 2023 Conservation Grants request yielded 13 applications requesting over $22,000 in funding with only $12,000 available from CLMCD. This year awarded applicants are providing $16,344 in local match for their projects bringing the grand total of the awarded projects to $28,344.