$45.6 Million Accredited by Gov. Whitmer To Assist Out of doors Recreation, Land Acquisition

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Grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund of $45.6 million were approved Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to fund development projects and land acquisitions.

“These Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants support so many of the world-class outdoor opportunities we have in Michigan, including fishing, hiking, kayaking or just enjoying an accessible playground,” Governor Whitmer said. “In communities across the state, the grant program makes many of these possible with critical investments to enable people of all abilities to get outdoors. Outdoor recreation at Pure Michigan is integral to the high quality of life that Michigan residents and visitors enjoy in our beautiful state.”

Senate Bill 1028 authorizes funding for 117 recreation development projects and land purchases recommended by the Trust Fund Board. The board recommends funding for state and local agencies for development projects and land purchases that will increase the quality and quantity of public outdoor recreational opportunities, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

This funding round includes the following:

  • Acquisition of high quality, unique wildlife and fisheries habitats for conservation and public access.
  • Trail systems with a broad effect.
  • An extensive array of development projects expanding opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout Michigan, including urban park and playland development, athletic field improvements and river access.

The DNR says the board recommended $22.3 million in acquisition grants and nearly $23.3 million in recreational development grants this year. Of the $22.3 million, $14.2 million would be given to local governments, while $8 million would be given to the Department of Natural Resources for projects such as land consolidation at the Pinckney-Waterloo recreation area.

Of the $23.3 million recommended for development grant funding, $20 million will support 82 local government projects and $3.2 million will support 13 state projects.

In total, the trust fund grants of $45.6 million offset nearly $39 million in additional funding, totaling approximately $84.6 million in land acquisition and development investment across Michigan matters.

“By leveraging these additional dollars from local government partners, the trust fund grants ensure expanded outdoor recreation and the continued conservation of our natural resources across the state,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “These grants fund outdoor recreation opportunities, which have proven even more important in recent years as people increasingly ventured outside to recharge.”