LANSING — The State House of Representatives recently approved a bill that will help trust fund projects for natural resource protection on public lands and outdoor recreation areas and developments.
Representatives Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and John Kivela (D-Marquette) announced that they were pleased that House Bill 5377, which funds Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects across the state, has passed and will help public parks and projects in their respective districts.
Three projects in Dianda’s district will benefit from the bill: enhancements to Donald McKenzie Memorial Park in Marenisco Township, the Whitefish Trail restoration project in Watersmeet Township, and the Douglass Houghton Waterfall acquisition in Houghton County.
Another three projects will also benefit from the bill in Kivela’s district: Laughing Whitefish Falls Scenic Site access improvements, Schemwood Iron Ore Heritage Trailhead improvements, and Father Marquette Park accessibility improvements.
According to the Deputy Press Secretary for the House of Democrats Rosie Jones the MNRTF is a restricted fund established in 1976 to provide funding for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation, as well as for public outdoor recreation development projects. Over the past 39 years, reports Jones, the trust fund has granted more than $1 billion to state and local units of government to develop and improve recreation opportunities in Michigan.