Now more than ever, people are identifying where they want to live or work based on quality of life. Parks and natural features are critically important infrastructure and are increasingly important to the success of community placemaking and economic development efforts. Successful Michigan communities are attractive places with access to natural resources, parks and outdoor recreation.
Michigan’s land conservancies, parks agencies and environmental organizations are uniquely positioned to help create sustainable, vibrant communities. We need to learn to speak the language of the fast-changing world of outdoor recreation and community development, and partner together in creating great places.
Join Heart of the Lakes and the Michigan Environmental Council in us in exploring the nexus of outdoor recreation, placemaking and conservation, where we find a unique opportunity to understand the value of the natural world and make community development projects more authentic and successful.