LANSING, Mich. (WNEM) — More than $45 million was approved for outdoor recreation and development in Michigan on Tuesday.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation opening up more opportunities for outdoor recreation by approving $45.6 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
“Outdoor recreation at Pure Michigan is essential to the high quality of life that Michigan residents and visitors enjoy in our beautiful state,” Whitmer said. “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. 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. Let’s continue to work together to invest in our parks, recreation areas and public lands so future generations can enjoy all that Pure Michigan has to offer.”
Senate Bill 1028, now known as Public Act 151 of 2022, authorized funding for 117 recreational projects and acquisitions proposed by the board.
The Trust Fund Board recommends that local and state agencies fund projects to improve the quality of public outdoor recreation. Projects include urban park and playland development, athletic field improvement, river access expansion and more.
The Department of Natural Resources said the board has proposed $22.3 million in acquisition grants and about $23.3 million in development and recovery grants.
The $45.6 million in trust fund grants will be supplemented with approximately $39 million in additional funding for a total of nearly $84.6 million that will be invested in land development throughout Michigan, he said the DNR.
“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.”
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