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E-M:/ People and Land Awards $600,000 in Land-Use Grants

Enviro-Mich message from "Julie Metty" <jmetty@staff.pscinc.com>

People and Land Awards $600,000 in Land-Use Grants
New organization hopes to support and spotlight initiatives in Michigan and foster dialogue about land use

18 July 2001 - Lansing, MI - People and Land (PAL), a new funding source for organizations advocating land-use education and decision-making in Michigan, recently awarded $600,000 in grants. Projects funded by PAL are designed to expand land use decision-making capacity in rural and suburban communities and strengthen statewide discussion about future land-use planning. 
Grant recipients and their projects are as follows: 

* American Farmland Trust, "Building the Blocks for Successful Farmland Preservation in Michigan," $80,000 

* Kalamazoo College, "Convening for Action," $83,915 
* Michigan Farmland and Community Alliance, "Empowering People for Land-Use Action," $23,192 
* Michigan State University, "Citizen Planner Program," $100,000 
* Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems, "Establishing Successful Farmland Preservation Programs," $119,260
* New Designs for Growth, "West Traverse City M-72 Corridor Planning Studies," $60,000
* Scenic Michigan, "Preserving Scenic Resources in Northern Michigan Communities," $7,000
* Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, "Cheboygan River Watershed Land-Use Partnership," $62,075 
* Western UP Planning & Development Region, "Keweenaw - Blueprint for Tomorrow," $69,000

More detailed descriptions of each program are listed at the PAL Web site, www.peopleandland.org.

The mission of PAL is to enable people to live in diverse, healthy communities that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially equitable. People and Land is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and administered by Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based public policy research firm. The PAL Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from several statewide business, environmental and community organizations.  Advisory Group members are listed at the PAL Web site. 
"People and Land believes that how we choose to use the natural resource of land in Michigan today will shape the nature and quality of life in Michigan for the 21st century and beyond," according to Bill Rustem, PAL Project Manager and vice president of PSC. "Diverse interests must come together to find common ground. It is only then the people of our state will have the information they need to make intelligent land-use decisions."

People and Land received more than $4.5 million in grant requests for its second round of funding. Only $600,000 was available, however.

PAL funded an initial, $125,000 round of "mini" pilot grants in January 2001. Recipients included American Farmland Trust, Barry Conservation District, Central Lake Superior Watershed Partnership, Ecology Center, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Leelanau Conservancy, Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. More information regarding these grants is available on the PAL Web site.

PAL plans to continue educating journalists, legislators, local government leaders and land-use funders about its grantees' efforts throughout the year. Its outreach efforts will include semi-annual networking meetings, roundtable discussions, feature stories, a speakers' bureau and increased use of its Web site as a resource for land-use policymaking information.


Bill Rustem
Project Manager
People and Land

Julie Metty
Asst. Proj. Manager
People and Land

Carrie Rathbun Hawks, APR
Pace & Partners

Julie C. Metty
Senior Consultant for Natural Resources
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
600 W. St. Joseph, Suite 10
Lansing, MI 48933-2265
voice: 517/484-4954
fax: 517/484-6549

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