Stamas applauds Alcona County project in NRTF board recommendations

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas applauded the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board for including an Alcona Country project in its list of development recommendations for 2018.

“Many Michigan residents and visitors enjoy getting together and taking advantage of the outstanding recreational opportunities in our state,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This project will give new and exciting kayaking and fishing options to children and adults of all ages and of all abilities. Most important, the improvements would help get people active in the outdoors and enhance the entire community.”

The plan approved by the NRTF board includes $108,700 toward the development of a canoe/kayak launch, fishing platform, paved handicap-accessible parking, and signs to Alcona Township Park located at the mouth of the Black River.

“This is a great example of the positive impact the Natural Resources Trust Fund was designed to make when it was created four decades ago,” Stamas said.

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund’s dollars are constitutionally restricted to recreation improvements and land acquisitions.

The NRTF board’s recommendations for projects in 2018 will now head to the Legislature for review as part of the budget process.