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Green Infrastructure - Support Development of Regional Trails and Greenways Network

Recommendation Overview

Protect Critical Biodiversity Areas

Support Development of Trails and Greenway Network

Encourage Regional Watershed and Management Planning

Protect Our Dunes and Shoreline

Promote Integration of Green Infrastructure in Urban Settings

Promote Regional Farmland Preservation

Local Implementation

Data Sharing

Wooden Walkway

Trails and greenways that serve as connector elements are important to the green infrastructure vision. Trails and greenways are essentially links that join together larger core areas of open space. West Michigan already has an active trails and greenways coalition that has been working for several years on the development of a trails and greenways plan for west Michigan. They have identified over 500 miles of priority regional connector trails for development over the next several decades.

People walking on trailTrails and greenways serve several purposes, including:

  • Creating corridors that allow animal migration between
    cores of open space
  • Creating means of non-motorized access to green spaces
  • Creating connectivity between communities

Existing Trail System in West Michigan

Current West Michigan trails


  • Develop a 25 year plan to complete a minimum of 500 miles of new regional connector trails and greenways in West Michigan.
  • Create a full inventory and mapping of regional trails and their amenities and features, and maintain this as an online database and resource for public use.

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