Preserving, Protecting, and Enhancing Michigan's Scenic Resources

Scenic Michigan is a broad coalition of Michiganders from all walks of life who care passionately about protecting Michigan’s spectacular beauty. Since 1996, Scenic Michigan has fought to eliminate blight, stem Michigan’s excessive proliferation of roadway billboards, reduce light pollution, and protect the state’s most scenic and beautiful vistas. Scenic Michigan is an affiliate of Scenic America, a national organization sharing our goals.

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Michigan Sign Regulation Guidebook:
The book for Local Planning and Regulation of Signs

Our recently updated Michigan Sign Guidebook (2021) provides essential guidance about the local planning and regulation of business and advertising signs. This valuable tool covers a wide range of issues associated with local sign regulation with a major focus on legal issues and how communities can develop sign ordinances that minimize legal risks; including  information on how to regulate different sign types and approaches to sign regulation that preserve “content neutrality,” a critical issue under federal First Amendment law.

By purchasing our Sign Regulation Guidebook you can learn how to better utilize content-neutral sign regulations to enhance the scenic quality of your community, while addressing critical legal issues that ensure your communities sign ordinances meet the practical functional purposes for which signs are created, all while enhancing the scenic quality of a community.

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Keep your eyes on the night sky this Labor Day Weekend!

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As summer comes to a close the upcoming Labor Day weekend may be some of the last opportunities to travel north and experience some of the beautiful summer weather that Michigan has to offer. A new opportunity this weekend, however, is that some travelers may be lucky enough to see…

Scenic Michigan is Opening Applications to Join the Scenic Michigan Board of Directors

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Scenic Michigan is now opening up a portal for individuals to submit applications to join the Scenic Michigan Board of Directors. Our organization currently has up to four board openings that we are accepting applications for on a rolling basis. All applications will be considered by the current Scenic Michigan…

Applications open until October 1st for our 2022 Scenic Hero Award!

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We are excited to announce that we are now opening up nominations for our 2022 Scenic Hero Awards! Scenic Michigan developed the Scenic Hero award to recognize entities that make a significant and lasting contribution to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the scenic character of Michigan’s roads and communities. Please let…

I'm proud to support Scenic Michigan as they work to control billboard proliferation in our state. Thanks to their efforts, our roads are more scenic and less distracting to drivers than they otherwise would be.

Jerry JungFormer Chair, State Transportation Commission

Scenic Michigan has been an effective and steadfast defender of our state's blessed abundance of natural beauty.

William G. MillikenFormer Michigan Governor

Thanks to Scenic Michigan, planners and citizens seeking to protect community character have an excellent resource (the Michigan Sign Guidebook) to fulfill that mission.

Mark WyckoffFormer Director, MSU Planning and Zoning