The Headwaters Cluster (HWC) was the first Stewardship Network local Cluster to form in the fall of 2003. The Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) led the formation of the Cluster as a way to build cooperative relationships between the various agencies who were responsible for managing high quality ecosystem areas under protection in Oakland County and surrounding areas, thereby enhancing the stewardship of those areas. Oakland County is home to the headwaters of five different river systems along with an exceptional ecological diversity and is experiencing extreme development pressure on remaining natural areas. The HWC has two main areas of focus: 1) on the ground conservation action and planning, and 2) educating community members in conservation issues, techniques and other relevant topics. We focus on local stewardship issues and plans to address those concerns through implemented action. The HWC provides unique educational opportunities through events, workshops, activities and online networking to share ideas, information, skills and resources to enable local groups to increase their capacity to care for local land and water.
The Headwaters Cluster covers Oakland County and the surrounding areas.
As of 2012, The Headwaters Cluster is in the process of becoming an official CWMA.
City of Southfield Parks & Recreation
Clinton River Watershed Council
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
E. L. Johnson Nature Center
Friends of Bald Mountain
Huron Clinton Metropark Authority
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Nature Association
North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy
Oakland Township Parks & Recreation Commission
Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species Task Force
Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Environmental Stewardship Division
Oakland County Parks & Recreation
Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy
Springfield Township Parks and Recreation
Wild Ones – North Oakland Chapter