For 40 years, Michigan's gas and oil industry has helped make Michigan's outdoors a better place to live, work and play. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has generated millions of dollars to fund public recreation opportunities and access points across the state. This month, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board paid a visit to Manistee County.
Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund collects royalties from oil, gas, and mineral production on state lands through the sale or lease of state-owned mineral rights.
Since 1976, more than a billion dollars have been awarded to a variety of projects and land purchases.
The fund has been one of the nation's greatest success stories.
"I mean, look behind us," says Sam Cummings, a Trust Fund Board Member gesturing towards Lake Michigan from a gazebo at Langland Beach in Onekama. "We have natural resources in this state that are unique not only to the United Stated but to the world and it's just so important that we continue to make these sort of investments."
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