Board Recommends $24.7M For Recreation, Land

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board of Trustees has recommended that the Michigan Legislature fund $24.7 million in recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 2015.

The office of Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday released a list of the 69 projects and acquisitions.

Grants for state Department of Natural Resources acquisitions include $2.9 million for 314 acres in Oakland County’s Holly Township that would become an outdoor adventure park featuring mountain biking, running trails and off-road driving; and $2 million for Wayne County segments of a trail from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.

Grants for local government acquisitions include nearly $5 million for property near the River Raisin National Battlefield project area around Monroe.

Sixteen acquisition grants are to local units of government for nearly $8.9 million and nine acquisition grants go to the DNR for projects totaling more than $9.3 million. The board recommended $6.5 million for development grants.

The board this year considered a total of 156 applications seeking $44.7 million in funding. The board recommends funding to both state and local agencies for development projects and land acquisitions that will improve access to public outdoor recreation.

Snyder says in a statement that: “Broader public access to plentiful, quality outdoor recreation opportunities plays a central role in Michigan’s economy and quality of life for residents and visitors.”

The Trust Fund Board’s recommendations will go to the Michigan Legislature for review as part of the appropriations process.

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