MARQUETTE — On Wednesday evening, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority held a public meeting, and approved a new Five-Year Recreation Plan.

Every five years, a new plan must be adopted in order to qualify for state grants, and the organization has some big plans in store. Big ideas include new lighting on trails between Ishpeming and Negaunee, upgraded ORV Trails on Greenwood Grade, trailhead improvements, and added restrooms and parking along trails.

“Every five years, we must do a five-year recreation plan and submit it to the State of Michigan if we are to get any state grants,” said board Administrator, Carol Fulsher. “It really helps us keep on track of what people want. What we did is we did some surveys last fall, and asked people for their input on what they wanted to see on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail for the next five years.”

Fulsher says the board’s meetings are open to the public, and she encourages those interested to join. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the Country Inn and Suites in Marquette.