Text of Letter
from Governor Jennifer Granholm
Dear Michigan Citizen:
I am excited to present this new guidebook to Michigan's citizens
and community decision-makers! The guidebook is full of excellent
examples of how we can enhance the visual appearance of our communities
and protect our natural resources.
Michigan has a wealth of natural resources – the Great Lakes
with 20% of the world's freshwater, 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000
miles of streams, 18.6 million acres of forest, and abundant wildlife.
Our rich cultural history is reflected in many of our cities and
Change is on the horizon. Michigan's land is being developed at
a rate eight times faster than Michigan's population is growing.
This rapid consumption of land threatens the livability of our communities
and the protection of important habitats, water quality, and open
Many have heard the phrase, “you don't know what you’ve
got ‘til it’s gone.” Let's not let that happen
to Michigan's scenic views, public shorelines, and quaint towns.
Our resource-based economy-tourism, agriculture, forestry, and mining-and
the attractiveness and livability of our communities, depends upon
all of us to ensure that Michigan will remain a truly great place
Please get involved in designing your community's future. Find
out who your local decision-makers are, attend public hearings and
planning committee meetings, take time to inform yourself by reading
this guidebook. We can't do this important work without you!
Governor Jennifer Granholm