The Michigan House today approved State Rep. Phil Green’s legislation to support outdoor recreation and natural resource protection projects across the state.
The vote is a key step toward final approval of Green’s measure providing $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including one in Huron County. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which according to the Michigan Constitution can only be used to support these types of projects.
“I’m glad to see the broad, bipartisan support this plan is receiving,” said Green, of Millington, after the House approved his bill by a 105-0 vote. “There’s something for everyone to embrace in this plan supporting our way of life here in Michigan. – including a love for the outdoors and our state’s natural beauty.”
The project investments outlined in Green’s proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process accomplished through Green’s legislation. House Bill 4244 next advances to the Senate for further consideration.
The recommended project list includes developments or land acquisitions in many areas of the state. Included is $49,000 to buy property along Lake Huron and expand Lincoln Park in the city of Harbor Beach.
Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.