Conservation Almanac




Michigan Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Ann Arbor Township, MI

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2011 671.9 $2,703,211
2010 1,294.3 $11,974,316
2009 439.3 $5,581,552
2008 511.6 $5,852,908
2007 149.0 $1,695,998
2006 486.0 $5,565,344
2005 152.3 $1,761,048
Totals 3,704.4 $35,134,377

Highlighted State Programs

Michigan Agricultural Preservation Fund

The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act of 1974 authorized a property tax incentive program that offers term enrollment for conservation of farmland protection, called "The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program." The program consists of five methods for preserving farmland and open space temporarily and in perpetuity. Of the five, only the Agricultural Preservation Fund generates a funding source for the purchase of land, through a conversion fee: landowners enter into contract with the state to keep their land in farming, and in turn may receive state income tax credits. If a landowner withdraws their land from this program prior to the expiration of the term, s/he is charged a fee. This conversion fee provides grants to local governments for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

2007 0.0 $82,000
2006 487.1 $527,322
2005 475.5 $418,181
2004 490.6 $719,803
2003 494.3 $466,500
2002 331.4 $934,100
2001 5,356.6 $7,912,451
2000 4,128.0 $5,341,523
1999 2,533.3 $6,807,396
1998 531.0 $760,293
Total14,827.8 $23,969,572

Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Act was originally passed in 1976 and provides constitutional protection for the acquisition of land for public recreation and conservation purposes. Financial assistance is available to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through the Trust Fund. The fund, which may not exceed $500 million, is generated by the leases, royalties, and other fees collected for the extraction of non-renewable resources from state-owned lands. As stipulated by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Act (MNRTF) of 1985, at least 25 percent of annual expenditures must be made available for land acquisition. No more than 25 percent may be expended for public recreation facilities. The MNRTF Board of Trustees and the Grants Management office of the DNR administer the program. Full text available on the Michigan Constitution, Article IX, section 35.

2011 2,081.6 $4,673,735
2010 4,708.6 $8,847,000
2009 1,827.4 $10,336,069
2008 4,320.7 $12,648,441
2007 3,495.7 $7,422,000
2006 5,695.4 $5,124,945
2005 2,031.3 $3,031,000
2004 0.2 $197,000
2003 4,443.8 $9,855,222
2002 3,870.0 $9,329,500
2001 1,614.8 $4,223,700
2000 2,296.6 $6,198,500
1999 1,034.2 $7,514,415
1998 1,500.3 $6,867,211
Total38,920.5 $96,268,738

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.