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New legislation includes land acquisition grants in NE Michigan

Submitted by on May 17, 2019 – 12:54 amNo Comment

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation by authorizing $26 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants.

The money will be used for both recreation development projects and land acquisition purchases.

The legislation does not include any development projects in northeast Michigan, but does support two land acquisitions.

“Investing in Michigan’s beautiful outdoor spaces can help economic growth while providing a physical and mental health boost to Michiganders,” said Whitmer.

The legislation includes $200,000 for the Department of Natural Resources to purchase approximately 80 acres of diverse forestland in Presque Isle County. The property contains over 1,600 feet of Little Ocqueoc River corridor and includes the “undergrounds,” which is a stretch of the river that disappears underground and then resurfaces further downstream.

Another $175,300 is going to Tawas City to purchase property adjacent to Shoreline Park with 30 feet of frontage along Lake Huron. Once acquired, the property will be added to the city’s park system.

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