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

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons on Friday applauded the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board for including a city of Stanton 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.”

The NRTF board recommendations for 2017 include $296,000 to make improvements at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which will serve as a trailhead for the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. The development would include parking, connection to the trail, interpretive signs with maps, exercise stations, bike racks, bike repair stations and benches.

“I am pleased to see that key enhancements to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Stanton were included in the trust fund board’s recommendations for next year,” Emmons said. “This project would better enable residents to spend quality time outdoors with their families and give outdoor enthusiasts more access to the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail for walking and biking.”

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.