Restoration of an ecosystem can embody many individual processes; invasive plant management, rehabilitation of native plants, recovery of native animals, prescribed burning, and addressing dysfunctional hydrology among many others. Hidden Pond Preserve is a rare example where we have been able to start the restoration process on all of these components on a 67-acre inholding within the second largest state game area in Michigan (Barry). Since 2006, SWMLC has been working with partners to restore the ecological health of this former crop and dairy farm. We will go through the process of ecosystem restoration on this preserve, the logic in our approach, and the collaborations between agencies, practitioners, researchers and donors that made it possible. We will take a close look at a recent stream restoration on the property as a case study to demonstrate the process.