Thomas Bailey

last updated 11/7/2017

Thomas C. Bailey

Executive Director at Little Traverse Conservancy

3264 Powell Rd, Harbor Springs, Michigan, United States
HQ Phone:
(231) 347-0991

General Information


Bachelor's degree - Park and Recreation Resources , Michigan State University


Co-Founder - Heart

Board Member - Michigan Nonprofit Association

Member - The Nature Conservancy

Board of Trustees - Lake Superior State University

Board Member - Top

Technical Advisory Board - Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund

Member - National Land Trust

Member - Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel

Founder - Founders Circle Ltd

Board Member - US , Inc.

Recent News  

1990 Chevron Conservation Award issued to Dr. John H. Tanton

Letter from Thomas Bailey, Little Traverse Conservancy

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Book | MSU Press | A North Country Almanac

Thomas C Bailey
A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World includes the musings of an independent mind on wilderness, the conservation ethic, and the joys of loving the outdoors. Although a lifelong conservationist, Thomas C. Bailey has never unquestioningly accepted environmental dogma. THOMAS C. BAILEY has been Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy for more than thirty years, having previously worked for the U.S. National Park Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University in 2016 and to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation in 2011. He is a cofounder of the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy and the Top of Michigan Trails Council. Early Praise "Bailey believes the preservation of the land is not just for the conservationist, it's for everyone. We can't all tramp through forests, but we should be able to. Wallace Stegner says, 'Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.'" -Gloria Whelan, from the Foreword "Tom Bailey's writing is filled with his deep love of these northern lands, but A North Country Almanac is more than an appreciation. In his perceptions and his writing, Bailey becomes a shining reflection of dark tree lines against a winter sky; an eagle soaring above a solitary hiker; an elk slow-grazing in the summer heat. Tom Bailey understands the circle of life and takes his readers-be they conservationists, hunters, or both-on that journey." -Mary Sojourner, author of 29, NPR commentator, columnist, and environmental and social justice activist "Tom Bailey knows northern Michigan and came by his knowledge the honest way: on foot, on snowshoes, in a canoe.

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LandChoices: Opportunities for Landowners to Preserve Their Land

Kirt Manecke of LandChoices interviews Tom Bailey of Little Traverse Conservancy.
LandChoices interviews Tom Bailey, executive director of Little Traverse Conservancy.

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