Stamas supports NRTF bill with 4 projects in Midland and Gladwin counties

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2022, including four projects in Midland and Gladwin counties.

“This funding will allow families and visitors in our region and across our state to enjoy everything Michigan has to offer and take advantage of our outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities for years to come,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “These projects will improve local parks and trails and provide new and exciting outdoor options for people of all ages and of all abilities.”

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. Since its inception in 1976, the NRTF has been used to fund 2,715 projects totaling $1.3 billion.

Senate Bill 1028 would authorize the NRTF to use $45.6 million in restricted funds to support 22 acquisition projects and 95 development projects. Matching funds of $39 million would bring the total investment to $84.6 million.

The bill includes four projects in Midland and Gladwin counties, including:

  • $300,000 toward a $431,000 development at upper Emerson Park to improve the Tittabawassee riverfront in Midland at the confluence of Sturgeon Creek and create a welcoming pedestrian green space. Two accessible pathways will connect the site to the adjacent Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.
  • $255,000 toward a $340,000 trailhead development for the Beaverton Trail at Porter Street and M-18 in the Beaverton. The trailhead will provide barrier-free parking, bike loops, a trail information kiosk, wayfinding signage, benches, lighting, and more.
  • $300,000 toward a $579,000 revitalization of over 2.5 miles of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail and trailhead near Dublin Avenue in Midland.
  • $300,000 toward an over $1 million, one-mile extension of the Midland Township Walking Path starting near Overlook Park to Stewart Road. This trail is part of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail network connecting Midland, Bay City and Saginaw. It is also an official connector route of the Iron Belle Trail.

SB 1028 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.