Trust fund board recommends $47.6M for land buys, recreation

Posted at 3:27 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 15:27:04-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is endorsing a $47.6 million package of land purchases and improvements to trails, parks and other recreation facilities selected by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board.

The money comes from a fund established 40 years ago from royalties paid to develop state-owned minerals.

Among the biggest grants for 2017 were $6 million to buy 60 acres and over 1 mile of waterfront on the Flint River for recreation improvements and $3.1 million for 1,020 acres near the Au Sable River in Crawford County.

In the Upper Peninsula, Gogebic County’s Bessemer Township got $294,800 for a trailhead and renovation of Memorial Park. The city of Hancock was awarded $294,000 for a waterfront pier on Portage Lake.

The list of grants still needs approval from the state legislature.