Conservation Efforts In Detroit Ivan LaBianca

With a generation of young adults leaving in droves to find work, population decline is a serious issue with far-reaching consequences in Detroit. Once home to 1.9 million people, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents, leaving an estimated 30,000 acres of distressed land. Its… Read More

Lake Michigan Beach Clean Up Goes To The Dogs dog and handler tracking in canal

The white-sand beaches and charming Lake Michigan communities in southwest Michigan known as Harbor Country are popular weekend getaway destinations for many Chicagoans.  But in the past four years, visitors to the beaches here have been turned away 19 times. … Read More

Tackling Food Deserts In Michigan Girl at farmer's market

What are you having for dinner? Imagine trying to answer that question if you couldn’t get to a grocery store all week. That’s the reality for more than 23 million Americans who live in “food deserts.” According to the U.S…. Read More

Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative

We’re helping to implement the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative, a far-reaching project designed to protect and link city parks, natural areas and working farms throughout the city, while curbing the growth and effects of sprawl surrounding the city. For a… Read More

Gateway Community Initiative In Michigan: Waterloo Recreation Area main street in Chelsea, Michigan

Waterloo Recreation Area in Michigan is a little-known treasure. About a one-hour drive from Ann Arbor, this 20,000-acre park is the largest in the lower peninsula and shares a 36-mile hiking trail with the Pinckney State Recreation Area. Yet there wasn’t… Read More

Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) Saginaw Bay WIN logo

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network is a collaborative effort of communities, conservationists, foundations and businesses working to enhance the natural resources of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and create a more sustainable future for all its inhabitants. The Fund administers… Read More

Leelanau State Park Crystal River, Leelanau, Michigan

If you envision Michigan as the palm of your hand, some of the state’s most important conservation lands can be found in Leelanau County, near the tip of your pinkie finger. There, for instance, you can find the Crystal River:… Read More

Land Conservancy Of West Michigan Beach grass at Saugatuck Harbor, Michigan

Securing the latest addition to the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area along Lake Michigan was a saga worthy of the big screen. It took five decades. It cost $19 million. The cast of characters included an Oklahoma landowner, a regional land… Read More

Wind Energy In The Midwest Wind farm

As concerns mount over the high costs and long-term environmental impacts of fossil fuels, wind has become an increasingly important sector of the energy industry. In 2009, the U.S. wind industry supported 85,000 jobs in all 50 states. The U.S…. Read More

Sturgeon River Sturgeon River, Michigan

Nature-based tourism is an important economic base in many communities, especially in rural places like Michigan’s famed Upper Peninsula (U.P.). For these communities, protecting land and water resources is more than good conservation: it is good business. The Sturgeon River—a… Read More

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge male wood duck

The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway to the Great Lakes and contains one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan. Not far from Saginaw, this urban refuge draws 60,000 visitors a year and provides outstanding… Read More


Peg Kohring
Peg Kohring Sawyer, Michigan
(269) 426-8825

Midwest Director Peg Kohring has, over more than 17 years, led transformative conservation efforts in 12 states, by designing or implementing city greenway efforts, farm preservation, improved farmers markets, flood protection and more. Peg holds a bachelors degree in biology from Michigan State University.


Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly Bay City, MI
(989) 892-9171

Great Lakes Office Director Mike Kelly advances conservation across Michigan, through real estate projects and the administration of the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network. In his spare time, he can be found outdoors with his kids—and often a fishing pole.


Tom Duffus
Tom Duffus Duluth, MN
(218) 722-2393

As vice president of the Midwest region, Tom Duffus leads land conservation partnerships in the Upper Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River/Missouri River watershed.  During the summer, he’s often found sailing on Lake Superior. He has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University and a B.S. in Environmental Studies/Geology from St. Lawrence University.