Community A - L: Land Use Resources
Michigan State University Extension, Land Use Area of Expertise Team – MSU Extension’s role is education of officials, professionals and residents about issues, options and consequences. The goal is to insure more informed decisions by these groups. In addition, MSU Extension educators may serve important roles as facilitators of discussions as these decisions evolve.
MSU Montcalm Extension Office: (517) 831-7500

Rural Development Council of Michigan – The Council identifies barriers to rural development, brings together resources and coordinates issue resolution. The Council has identified these five five issues to focus on; land use, health and human services, economic development, infrastructure and community facilities and leadership development.

Michigan Land Use Institute – A nonprofit research, educational and service organization dedicated to fostering a new approach to economic development that respects the land.

Michigan Environmental Council – The Michigan Environmental Council is a coalition of over 50 environmental, public health and faith based organizations with more than 170,000 individual members, providing a collective voice for the environment at the State Capital. One of the issues the MEC is focusing on is the promotion of a coordinated, statewide effort to reduce urban sprawl and protection of agricultural lands and open space.

American Farmland Trust - American Farmland Trust is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to protect the nation’s farmland. AFT works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote practices that lead to a healthy environment.


Montcalm County Community Change and Land Use Pattern Development Study – this is a Fund for Rural America Project funded by the USDA, that will study three townships in Mecosta, Gratiot and Montcalm Counties. Land use changes over the last 20 years will be studied, as well as changes in public expectations for schools, government, roads and other quality of life indicators. Information from this study is available on this web site on in the Land Use section and Map section. Contact the MSU Montcalm Extension Office (989) 831-7500 for more information.