Residents invited to natural resources forum

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Rendon welcomes House committee chair for July 22 town hall

 Area residents can provide feedback and input on Michigan’s natural resources management policies at a Monday, July 22 town hall meeting in Roscommon with state Rep. Bruce Rendon and other members of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Rendon, vice chair of the House committee, is welcoming committee chair Rep. Andrea LaFontaine to the Gerrish Township Hall, 2997 E. Higgins Lake Dr. in Roscommon, for the 5:30 p.m. meeting.

“Our communities have a vested interest in decisions and rules for Michigan’s woods and water and this meeting is an excellent opportunity for local residents to be involved in the process,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I appreciate Rep. LaFontaine and other lawmakers coming to our area to listen to residents’ ideas about the important issues being considered by the committee.”

One of the topics the committee especially is interested in hearing about is the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which provides state funds from mineral development revenue for land acquisition and development projects for recreational opportunities or environmental protection.

The 30-year-old trust fund was in the spotlight earlier this year when the Legislature discussed an emergency harbor dredging program and it was determined money in the MNRTF constitutionally could only be used for development and acquisition, not maintenance projects.

“Our committee has proposals under consideration to update the formulas and eligibility of the trust fund we’d like to get public opinion on, and we’re open to listening to other thoughts or concerns people have on natural resources issues,” Rendon said.

Rendon can be contacted toll-free at 1-888-DIST-103 (1-888-347-8103); sending e-mail to brucerendon@house.mi.gov; or visiting his online office website at www.RepBruceRendon.com.