Stamas applauds Montmorency 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 a Montmorency Country project in its list of land acquisition 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. “Acquiring this property would offer a chance to enhance area families’ and boating enthusiasts’ enjoyment of Michigan’s great outdoors, and it is a great example of a positive use of the trust fund’s constitutionally restricted resources to improve our state.”

The plan approved by the NRTF board includes $203,700 toward the acquisition of 80 acres in Montmorency County’s Rust Township for a public access site and boat launch on the west side of Fletcher’s Flood Water.

The property, currently known as Lyon’s Landing, contains 43 acres of upland, 37 acres of submerged bottom land and an existing boat launch.

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.

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