Stamas supports Montmorency 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 Montmorency 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.

The bill 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.

“Many Michigan residents and visitors enjoy getting together and taking advantage of the outstanding recreational opportunities in our state,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Using the trust fund’s restricted resources to purchase this property will help improve our state and enhance the enjoyment of Michigan’s great outdoors by area families and boating enthusiasts.”

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.

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