The natural and open space features of West Michigan – lakes, rivers and streams, rolling hillsides, wetlands, and forests – reflect its character.
Development that destroys natural features and removes open space has a significant effect on water quality, aesthetic values, wildlife, preservation and overall quality of life.
Major alteration or destruction of these features creates an increasingly urban character in areas once considered “rural”.
Some of the general benefits of protecting and conserving these natural features, open space and agricultural land include:
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