Chippewa Watershed Conservancy

About Chippewa Watershed Conservancy

Mission: The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy’s mission is to protect and restore Central Michigan’s land, water, and wildlife resources to improve the quality of life for all.

Vision: We see a world where communities are enriched by being connected to land, water, and wildlife resources.

Service Area: Our service area is Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm Counties in the state of Michigan.

Core Values:
Land Protection: We believe that it is critical to set aside land to be preserved in a natural state for its scenic beauty, wildlife habitat protection, water and air quality protection, recreational opportunity and community sustainability.

Water Quality: We believe that by protecting and restoring land that we play a pivotal role in preserving water quality for all.

Wildlife Habitat: We believe in the value of protecting wildlife habitat in order to preserve biodiversity.

Access to Nature: We believe that providing opportunities for public non-motorized outdoor recreation opportunities on lands we own and manage that does not permanently impair its condition is an effective way to connect people to the natural environment.

Environmental Education: We believe that educating both children and adults is core to our success and sustainability in the long-term. Environmental education is an important tool to connect adults and children to nature, spread awareness about the need for land conservation and increase the presence of CWC in the community.

High Visibility and Broad Support: We believe all people in Central Michigan should recognize our name and positively associate us with land and water conservation.

Sustainable Management: We believe that building adequate financial and human resources is essential to allow us to achieve our mission in perpetuity.


Conservation Intern

July 2021 - September 2021 Mount Pleasant, MI
“I enjoyed tracking the trail cameras and helping to provide visitation information for the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy. A large part of conservation efforts is knowing how many people are visiting the parks/trails each year, as we need to evaluate if the numbers are too high or too low. I also enjoyed observing people as they enjoyed nature by taking daily walks on the trails, walking their dogs, or fishing in the rivers. It was encouraging to see the numbers of people immersing themselves in nature, especially during the pandemic. ”

Data Analytics Intern

July 2020 - August 2020 Mount Pleasant, MI
“This Micro-Internship was great for me to pick up a short term project over the summer that I could complete completely online. It was very nice to be able to work online during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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