Our Mission: Conserving the Land, Water and Scenic Character of Leelanau County. In 1988 the Leelanau Conservancy opened its doors with a big dream and a small group of individuals dedicated to the idea that the Leelanau Peninsula is a place that deserved our best efforts to protect its unique landscapes. Since then, we have launched a farmland preservation program, established a renowned water-quality monitoring program and created 23 Natural Areas. Stunning views, sensitive wetlands, and working farms have been forever protected. With over 4,000 donors annually backing us, the Conservancy is ensuring that Leelanau natural lands and farmland will endure for future generations.