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-----Original Message-----
From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US] On Behalf Of Julee Hasbany
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 12:10 PM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US
Subject: LEGISLATURE APPROVES NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 01 OCT 01
CONTACT:  Sharon Edgar, 517-373-9125

LEGISLATURE APPROVES NATURAL RESOURCES GRANTS 

Governor John Engler today lauded the House and Senate for 
swift passage of Senate Bill 291, which included 
appropriations totaling more than $37 million in Michigan 
Natural Resources Trust Fund projects statewide. Land 
acquisition and outdoor recreation development projects to 
be funded with proceeds from state-owned mineral resources. 
The Governor submitted the recommendations, made at the 
Sept. 12 MNRTF Board meeting, to the Legislature for 
appropriation of funds immediately following the Board 
meeting. In reviewing the recommendations, the Governor 
noted the critical role of revenues from State-owned oil and 
gas resources  in both state and local natural resources and 
recreation efforts. 
"Through the Natural Resources Trust Fund, Michigan's oil 
and gas resources are transformed into a financial tool that 
allows us to purchase and protect valuable land resources 
for current and future generations of Michigan residents to 
enjoy," Engler said. "Further, it enables us to enhance 
state, regional and local recreation sites. 
"The variety of projects supported with our oil and gas 
resources ranges from protection of natural and wild areas 
in the northern most tip of the Upper Peninsula to the 
creation and enhancement of new parks and public recreation 
facilities in the highly populated southern tier of the 
State. The value of this fund to future generations is 
immeasurable."    
Record high oil and gas revenues during Fiscal Year 2001 
allowed the MNRTF Board to recommend more than $37 million 
for 41 state and local natural resources projects. 
"The unprecedented oil and gas revenues coming into the 
state made it possible for the Department to secure MNRTF 
assistance to pursue three very significant acquisitions 
that will benefit all Michigan residents," said DNR Director 
K.L. Cool. "The DNR acquisitions in the Upper Peninsula's 
Keeweenaw 
County, the northern Lower Peninsula counties of Cheboygan 
and Otsego and in Michigan's highly-populated Ottawa County 
will provide a variety of exceptional recreational 
opportunities and will ensure the land and natural resources 
are available to the public in perpetuity."
Included in the recommendations are 10 land acquisition 
projects in nine Michigan counties. Key among the 
recommendations is $5 million to assist the DNR with 
purchase of nearly 6,000 acres at the tip of the Keweenaw 
Peninsula that includes six miles of Lake Superior 
shoreline. The $5 million recommended will cover nearly 40-
percent of the anticipated costs to the state to acquire the 
acerage and ensure availability for public recreation and 
use. In 2002, the DNR will request the Board to recommended 
another $7.5 million to complete the purchase. 
The MNRTF funds in SB 291, signed Friday by Engler, also 
provide 31 recreation development projects, which include 28 
grants to local governments and three DNR projects.  
The MNRTF accepts applications from local governments and 
the Department of Natural Resources annually.  The program 
is administered by the DNR on behalf of the MNRTF Board of 
Trustees.  The next application cycle will begin in April 
2002.
A detailed list of Board recommendations and approved 
projects is available on the DNR Web site at: 
http://www.midnr.com

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