The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is putting nearly $700,000 to work in Saginaw County in 2016.
The Cass River trailhead in Bridgeport will see its facilities improved thanks to a $275,800 grant for a trail that will eventually connect Belle Isle to Ironwood.
The Frankenmuth Memorial Park boat launch will receive $225,700 in funding -- the launch is the only one along the Cass River for eight miles.
Roughly 32 acres of land will be purchased near the Zilwaukee Bridge in Saginaw County to include in the partially-complete Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail system.
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At the Cass River Water Trail launch site, a $50,000 grant will be afforded to create parking, paths and additional improvements.
Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund was first established as the "Kammer Recreational Land Trust Fund" in 1976 to provide funding for public acquisition of land to protect natural resources and provide for outdoor recreation and for outdoor recreation development projects.
It was reestablished as the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund through a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution in 1984. It draws its funding from state-owned mineral leases and royalties.
Since its inception, the MNRTF has put more than $1 billion into public recreation opportunities in Michigan. The Michigan Oil and Gas Association is proud to have played an integral role in the creation of the fund and to continue to support its efforts across the state.