Each year the Grosse
Ile Nature and Land Conservancy accomplishes a great deal to enhance
the environment and quality of life on Grosse Ile and in the downriver
area. The work is completed by a dedicated group of board members and
a number of hard working volunteers. There are no paid positions in
the GINLC and all member donations are used directly on projects. For
GINLC members who want to help the conservancy beyond their annual membership
dues, here is a list of other possible ways to support the GINLC:
Volunteer your time and energy. We have seven committees
actively working on a variety of projects. They can always use additional
help. The list of committees and the contact information for the
Committee Chairpersons are listed on our website, www.ginlc.org
so you can contact them to offer assistance. The specific area and
amount of time you spend is completely up to you.
land to the Conservancy. This is truly one of the finest legacies
someone can leave to future generations. Donation of land will relieve
you of the responsibility of taking care of the property and can
offer you substantial income tax deductions and estate tax benefits.
Most important, if the land is donated because of its conservation
value, it will be protected.
a conservation easement on a land parcel, which has a high conservation
value. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a
landowner and GINLC that permanently limits uses of the land in order
to protect its conservation values. It allows the owner to continue
to own and use their land and to sell it or pass it on to their heirs.
A conservation easement can qualify as a tax-deductible charitable
donation. For income tax purposes, the value of the donation is the
difference between the value of the land's value with the easement
and its value without the easement.
- Donate land
or assets to the conservancy through a will. This will allow you
to control the land or assets during your lifetime, but assure its
protection or use after your death. In regards to properties, the
Conservancy should evaluate the property to ensure it meets the Conservancy's
criteria for protection prior to including it in your will for donation
to the GINLC.
- Make a targeted
donation. In addition to the regular membership donation, individuals
may designate a donation for one or more projects of their choice.
This will ensure that your donation is used on only the designated
- Donate equipment
or other items. The conservancy always welcomes specific equipment
or other items that would assist with various projects. Some examples
would be chain saws, weed whips, shovels, rakes, office space or furniture,
etc. The GINLC Newsletter often lists equipment and other items which
Contact any of the
board members to get involved or send an email to the
- If you are
pleased with our efforts to improve the quality of life on Grosse
Ile, pass on the word about the Conservancy to neighbors and friends.
We are always looking for new members and would be happy to have
an informational meeting at your home to talk about our many projects.
Compiled by Doug
Thiel for the Fall 2005 Newsletter.