Northwest Michigan contains some of North America’s finest and most valuable Natural Resources.

How do natural resources contribute to the economy?

Northwest Michigan’s natural resources act as a cornerstone of its economy. The outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic beauty beloved by its residents also drive much of the region’s thriving tourist industry, and its forests, lakes, fields, and mineral resources provide jobs and exports in the timber, agriculture, commercial fishing, and mining industries.

Source: A Framework for Natural Resources in Northwest Michigan

Forest Cover Source: USDA Forest Service FIDO Database