The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.
There are many local organizations that work in specific areas to improve the quality of life for all of us our communities. Please consider becoming a member of one of the following organizations, such as the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, the Holland League of Women Voters, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, the Kalamazoo River Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Safe Routes to School, the Outdoor Discovery Center, the Kalamazoo River Protection Association, and/or any of the local land conservancies. Each of these organizations specializes in its focus to build a better tomorrow.
In terms of community resources, the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance endorses the following recommendation from Ten Tenets Of Wise Land Use from The Michigan Land Use Council’s 2003 Final Report & the Tri-Community Plan:
- Create a range of housing opportunities and choices.
- Create walkable neighborhoods.
- Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration.
- Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
- Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective.
- Mix land uses.
- Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
- Provide a variety of transportation choices.
- Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
- Take advantage of compact development design.