Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Together, as one community, we can continue to protect and preserve our natural geography, historical heritage, and rural character.

The acquisition of the 171-acre Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area is a monumental success for our community that protects and preserves a precious part of our natural heritage. This investment in our future not only offers refuge to the rare and endangered habitats and species found there but also for future generations of our community to experience and enjoy. As time passes, this resource will become more valuable as it draws new residents, stabilizes home values, strengthens local businesses, and attracts tourists to visit.

One of the goals of the SDCA in the community is to “encourage and assist city, township, county, state, and federal governmental bodies to work together to develop a collaborative approach in planning and zoning.” A broad coalition of individuals and local, regional, and national organizations, philanthropists and bodies of government have worked together to help make this dream into reality. We salute you!

In addition, the preservation of the 122-acre Tallmadge Woods and the 22-acre McEnroe Conservation Easement were possible because of the leadership of many different individuals, organizations, and bodies of government.