LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas supported two Iosco County projects in the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) bill signed by the governor on Thursday.
“Many Michigan families and visitors revel in having fun in the great outdoors,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The Natural Resources Trust Fund was created four decades ago to invest constitutionally restricted resources into creating outstanding recreational opportunities in our state, and that is exactly what these projects will do.”
Senate Bill 76 authorizes the trust fund to support 27 acquisition projects and 87 development projects. Matching funds of $40.1 million bring the total investment to more than $87.7 million.
The bill invests $292,500 toward a $585,000 development of a new public bathhouse facility with restrooms, showers and with two attached picnic pavilions on Lake Huron shorefront at the East Tawas City Park Day Use Area. The project also includes a new parking area.
“This project will benefit a wide range of tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, including those using the park, bikers using the adjacent Iron Belle Trail, and canoers and kayakers using the Huron Shores Coastal Water Trail,” Stamas said. “The project will also offer visitors traveling along the U.S. 23 Heritage Route with a rest area complete with public showers.”
Stamas said people looking for a quieter pursuit will enjoy another project on the Iron Bell Trail in Plainfield Township. The township will receive $140,000 toward a $200,000 project to construct a new trail and boardwalk through the Loon Lake Nature Park.
“The park is a 121-acre preserve that features some of the most exceptional bird watching opportunities in the state,” Stamas said. “This project will help improve access for all state residents to this unique activity in Iosco County along the Iron Belle Trail.”
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.