This Landscape Stewardship Plan covers Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties and is part of a larger project funded by a U.S. Forest Service grant administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The landscape in this region is composed primarily of crop land, but includes wetlands, and some forest areas. The Irish Hills area, in the northeast corner of Hillsdale County, is home to headwaters for the River Raisin, Maumee, St. Joseph, Grand, and Kalamazoo Rivers.
The Landscape Stewardship Plan is designed to encourage collaborative landscape-scale approach to stewardship by partnering with many conservation organizations. Because most land in this area is privately held, individual landowners are the target audience of this plan. We hope that the resources provided can assist them in keeping their land healthy and productive.