State Rep. Phil Green’s proposal to invest in outdoor recreation and natural resources projects across Michigan easily cleared a significant hurdle today, winning unanimous approval from the state Senate.
Green’s legislation provides $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects. 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. Money in the fund comes from the development of minerals on state land – not general tax money — and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The program dates back to the 1970s.
Green’s bill already has been approved by the Michigan House. It will soon advance to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for final consideration.
“At every step of the way, this plan to help people enjoy Michigan’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities has won unanimous and bipartisan support,” said Green, of Millington. “I look forward to this plan becoming law – and knowing it will help our outdoor heritage live on with our kids and grandkids.”
The Senate approved the measure – House Bill 4244 – by a unanimous 38-0 vote. The House approved the plan by a 105-0 vote on March 7.
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.
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.