LANSING, Michigan— Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday backed approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2022, including six projects in northern Michigan.
“This funding will allow families in Northern Michigan and across our state to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer and enjoy our exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for years to come,” said Stamas, R. -Midland. “These projects will improve local parks and trails and provide exciting new outdoor options for people of all ages and abilities.”
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. Since its inception in 1976, the NRTF has been used to fund 2,715 projects totaling $1.3 billion.
Senate Bill 1028 would authorize the NRTF to use $45.6 million in restricted funds to support 22 acquisition projects and 95 development projects. Matching funds of $39 million would bring the total investment to $84.6 million.
The bill provides NRTF grants for several area improvement projects, including:
- $185,000 for a $265,000 renovation of Lakeside Park in the Almost Isle County town of Rogers with modern restrooms and play equipment to improve child safety and handicap access.
- $300,000 for a $912,200 development of washroom facilities at Bay View Park in Alpena to support events and activities.
- $300,000 for a $2.9 million, 4.8-mile development of the non-motorized Iron Belle Trail (also Phase IV of the Iosco Exploration Trail) along Lake Huron in AuSable County, County of ‘Iosco.
- $50,000 to DNR to replace a walkway at Harrisville State Park in Alcona County, which is a critical pedestrian link between the modern campground and the beach.
It is also funding two acquisition projects in northern Michigan, including:
- $950,000 for the Department of Natural Resources’ purchase of 404 acres of forest land, including nearly a mile in the Pigeon River Country State Forest for hunting, fishing, trapping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing.
- $1.7 million for the $2.5 million acquisition of 144 acres known as the Lake Huron Coastal Preserve in Iosco County’s Alabaster Township to provide public access to more than 4,000 feet of frontage on Lake Huron and linking the Alabaster Bike Trail portion of the Iron Belle Trail to the natural area.