Clean water, unpolluted air, friendly villages, rural landscapes, abundant wildlife and lovely scenery are qualities that have brought us together in this unique place. They make possible a healthy lifestyle, a vibrant regional economy and a hope that our grandchildren can return and find intact the qualities we have enjoyed. In 2009, NMEAC launched the Environmental Legacy Fund as a vehicle to provide critical resources for legal assistance to citizens groups, concerned citizens and environmental and conservation organizations working to make sure these values are protected. Since its inception in 1980, the NMEAC has taken the lead in this effort. In the 1980s, we sued to keep a massive shopping mall out of downtown Traverse City and sued twice again to force suburban mall developers to comply with environmental laws. In the 1990s, we led the movement to save the Crystal River and prevented massive overdevelopment of pristine North Fox Island off the shores of Leelanau County. The pace accelerated in the 2000s with successful action to stop the Hammond-Hartman Boardman River Bridge and Bypass Project. That success opened the way for the Grand Vision process which has engaged tens of thousands of local citizens in mapping out a future that enhances, rather than exploits, our environmental riches. The Environmental Legacy Fund will expand NMEAC’s capacity to fill its unique niche as a catalyst for grassroots citizen action protecting the environmental quality of Northern Michigan.