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From: Richard Morscheck [mailto:MORSCHER@STATE.MI.US]
Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 4:06 PM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US
Subject: DNR Lauds Passage of Funding Bill


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 26 JULY 01
CONTACT: Rob Abent, 517-335-3276

DNR LAUDS PASSAGE OF FUNDING BILL

LANSING--Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today praised state lawmakers and Governor John Engler for passage of a Fiscal Year 2001 supplemental appropriation bill that funds natural resource programs statewide, including important Clean Michigan Initiative projects. 

"The funding in this bill ensures continued vital improvements to the local projects under CMI, as well as conservation and recreation programs throughout the state," said DNR Director K.L. Cool.

"Michigan's natural resources are a treasure we must all work to preserve," said Governor Engler. "I'm pleased to announce this funding measure to ensure the continuation of programs that benefit all Michigan families."

The supplemental appropriation, Senate Bill 283, signed Wednesday by Governor Engler, includes:

* $12.2 million in Clean Michigan Initiative bond funds for recreation grants to local units of government. These 48 grants provide indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in 25 counties throughout Michigan. Grants range from $23,000 to $750,000, and include projects like soccer and baseball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, exercise and nature trails, and fishing docks and piers.

* $16.5 million for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects. These projects include land acquisition grants totaling $8,852,246 in 15 Michigan communities to acquire land for new public parks and natural areas or to expand existing parks; $3,783,060 for local development project grants in 19 communities to develop facilities that will enhance public outdoor recreation, including public waterfront parks, non-motorized trails and riverwalks, fishing and boating areas and other major park improvements; and more than $3 million to add lands to the state forests, state game and wildlife areas, and the state trails network to enhance hunting, fishing and camping, and increase public access to Michigan's natural resources.

* $1.7 million for local snowmobile grant programs to provide trail maintenance and law enforcement efforts to ensure safety. Michigan is nationally renowned for more than 5,900 miles of designated snowmobile trails located throughout the state in six state forests, three national forests and many acres of private lands. Further, it is one of only three states to offer a large groomed system of interconnected trails, with more than 100 grooming tractors used by 11 DNR offices and over 60 local grant program sponsors.

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