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Rep. VanWoerkom celebrates second NRTF investment into Rosy Mound acquisition in state budget proposal
RELEASE|May 9, 2024

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores) is celebrating the inclusion of funding for phase two of the Rosy Mound acquisition in the state budget proposal.

The investment is one of the many projects recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) Board in December. The trust is funded by money acquired by development of minerals on state land, not tax dollars, and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.

If signed into law, Ottawa County would receive $1,642,000 toward a $2,346,000 purchase of 127-acres of dunes northeast of the existing 164-acre Rosy Mound Natural Area, creating a 291-acre park on Lake Michigan. With 116 acres of state-designated critical dunes, this park is known for its stunning lake and dune views, forested trails, and 3,460 feet of natural beach.

“We’re so blessed to live near beautiful Lake Michigan and the dunes that surround it,” VanWoerkom said. “Everyone deserves to experience the natural wonders of our area, and with the completion of this project, they will. I am pleased to see funding for our community included in the NRTF budget.”

The funding is contained in Senate Bill 817.

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