Local shooting range included in developments
State Rep. Mary Whiteford last week joined her Michigan House colleagues in voting for passage of a bill that funds recreational projects across the state.
Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money for such projects to fund land acquisitions and development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state. The projects are paid for by a combination of Trust Fund money from gas and oil leases and local matching funds.
Whiteford said funds have been designated to renovate the Echo Point Shooting Range in the Allegan State Game Area. Proposed modifications and improvements at the range will meet National Rifle Association and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and offer a safe and accessible shooting opportunity. It will also improve the buffering of sound for neighboring homes.
“This is very good news for hunters and shooting enthusiasts in Allegan County,” Whiteford said. “It is rewarding to see projects like this funded by a formula that does not include any state taxpayer money. That’s being fiscally responsible and using funding specifically dedicated to recreation developments.”
The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and sale of oil and minerals. Trust fund awardees are determined from applicants from across the state on an annual basis.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill is Senate Bill 76.