Michigan panel backs $25M for land buys, recreation upgrades

Associated Press

Lansing – A Michigan panel is recommending $25.6 million worth of grants for outdoor recreation development projects and land purchases.

The funding would come from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which is financed with royalty payments by developers of publicly owned minerals such as oil and natural gas.

A stroller walks a pair of dogs through Danford Island Park in Dimondale, Michigan in this Jun 25, 2018, file photo. A nearly $170K grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helped to restore the contaminated, abandoned park.

The fund’s board annually selects projects from a list of applicants for consideration by the Legislature.

The panel this year recommended $11.5 million for 60 recreation development projects including new trail segments, park improvements, boat launches and shooting ranges.

It also supported 18 land acquisitions costing a total of $14.1 million, including parcels that could be used for recreation or that have high ecological value such as wetlands, beaches and dunes.

Grant recipients agreed to provide matching funds of $17 million, bringing the total investment to nearly $43 million.