Stamas supports Alcona County project in NRTF bill

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2018, including a project in Alcona Country.

Senate Bill 883 would authorize the trust fund to use $49.9 million in restricted funds to support 34 acquisition projects and 97 development projects. Matching funds of $45 million would bring the total investment to more than $94.9 million.

“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 would 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 bill 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.

SB 883 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.