Sen. Emmons: Clare County project included in Natural Resources Trust Fund recommendations

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons on Friday applauded the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board for including a Clare County development in its list of project recommendations for 2017.

“Making mid-Michigan a better place to live, work and raise a family can also help us attract new talent and jobs to our region,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “For 40 years, the Natural Resources Trust Fund has helped us achieve these goals by improving our parks and recreational opportunities and enhancing people’s enjoyment of Michigan’s great outdoors.

“I am pleased to see that the trust fund recommendations for next year include development of a four-season trailhead on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail in Clare County. This project would give residents more access to the trail for walking, biking and spending more quality time outdoors with their families.”

The NRTF board recommendations for 2017 include $228,400 to improve the Lake Station Trailhead along US-10 in Garfield Township. The trailhead would incorporate the area’s historic icons of the railway depot building and a nearby coal tower. The improvements would include parking, restrooms, site furnishings, a pavilion, a bicycle repair station and a kiosk.

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The trust fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions across the state.

Since its creation in 1976, the NRTF has awarded more than $1 billion for land acquisition and public outdoor recreation development projects for communities in every county.

The NRTF board’s recommendations for projects in 2017 will now head to the Legislature for review as part of the budget process.