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Green Infrastructure Plan for Southwest Michigan

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Southwest Michigan is known for its beauty and many opportunities for outdoor recreation.  Therefore the protection and incorporationof these natural features is essential for the continued growth and success of our region.  SWMPC maintains an inventory of Green Infrastructure in the region which includes:

  • Trails
  • State, county and local parks
  • Lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands & floodplains
  • Sand dunes
  • Forests
  • Endangered species
  • Critical agricultural lands
  • Privately protected lands (conservation easements)


Southwest Michigan - Potential Conservation Areas

In additon to the elements listed about, SWMPC has also identified Potential Conservation Areas with assistance from the the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.   These maps will hep guide and target conservation and recreation efforts in southwest Michigan.  The goal is to protect these identified high quality natural lands through conservation easements and fee-simple purchases to ensure a connected green infrastructure sytsem in southwest Michigan.  These maps can be used by local and state governments, local and county parks departments, land conservancies and others to identify high priority lands for preservation.   


A report explaining the criteria and methodology used to create the Potential Conservation Area maps can be downloaded by clicking here:

Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Counties Potential Conservation Areas:  Providing Ecological Information for a Green Infrastructure Plan

This page last updated on 9/26/2017.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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