Monthly Archives: June 2013

Inland Waterway Heritage Trail will link lakes Huron and Michigan

truenorth21The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) is receiving a grant to help facilitate an Inland Waterway Heritage Trail that will stretch from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has awarded more than $342,000 in Coastal Zone Management grants to 10 communities, nonprofit organizations and universities for projects that comprehensively plan for local, regional or statewide coastal water trails along the Great Lakes.
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Detroit’s Regional Planners Need to Kick the Highway Habit

by Angie Schmitt

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. But the people who shape the future of greater

The last thing greater Detroit needs is $4 billion worth of freeways. Image: Mlive.com

The last thing greater Detroit needs is $4 billion worth of freeways. Image: Mlive.com

Detroit — despite all the urban flight, sprawl, and decline they’ve seen – just can’t seem to acknowledge that they have an addiction to big highway projects. On the agenda Thursday for the regional planning commission, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, are two highway expansion plans that will cost an astounding $4 billion combined.
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DEQ announces Water Trail Grants

For More Information:

Ronda Wuycheck, 517-284-5040, wuycheckr@michigan.govWater-Trails-Map_DEQ
Brian Sweeney, 517-284-5047, sweeneyb2@michigan.gov

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced $342,141 in Coastal Zone Management grants awarded to 10 coastal communities, nonprofit organizations and universities for projects that comprehensively plan for local, regional or statewide coastal water trails along the Great Lakes. These grants enhance public access to coastal areas; encourage stewardship of coastal, cultural and historic resources; increase accessibility for all users; support local and regional waterfront redevelopment plans and facilitate water trail development within Michigan and among its neighboring states.
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THANK YOU TBTA VOLUNTEERS!

The second year of the Alpena Sunrise Side Tour was a success. One-hundred one riders participated in the three day rain free and 70 degree weekend event. TBTA volunteers manned four SAG stops; Hubbard Lake Lions Park and Ossineke Township Hall on Friday, corner of Long Lake Hwy. and Shupert Hwy. (with a special appearance by Elvis) on Saturday, and at Posen on Sunday.

There were many compliments and thank you’s from riders on the tour. Thank You TBTA members; Stan and Mary Mischley, John Webb, Kaye Bullis, and Jennifer Butler. Also a thank you to Elvis for his special appearance at the Long Lake Hwy. stop on Saturday. Bikers were elated as they crested a steep hill and saw Elvis waving to them.
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Rockport to hold rec day June 22

ROCKPORT – A group aimed at promoting Rockport State Recreation Area has planned a day of events on June 22 to introduce people to the park.

The Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area organized the day, complete with plenty of outdoor activities that are free to try, President Carol Dodge Grochowski said. It’s similar to a grand opening organized by the same group for the park last year, shortly after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources designated what had been known as the Rockport Property as a state recreation area.
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DNR invites public comment on forest plans for Cheboygan & Otsego counties

forest2The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on proposed forest treatment plans for the Gaylord Management unit.

That unit includes the counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac and Otsego.

The DNR will host open houses on June 25th and 26th in Gaylord and Indian River to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2015.
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Remembering Our Children (R.O.C.) Special group walk in Alpena

child-children-schoolA parent support group is holding a special event in Alpena for all mothers and fathers who have lost a child of any age.

The group Remembering Our Children (R.O.C.) is inviting all family and friends to join in on a special walk at the Alpena County Fairgrounds to celebrate the life of children and the memory of those who have died.

The walk is being held on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Those who attend will walk to the ROC’s tree of remembrance and then back to the fairgrounds. Parents and families are encouraged to wear T-shirts or carry pictures of their children.
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Safe Routes to School Training in Kalamazoo – August 21, 2013

Safe Routes to School Training Available in KalamazooMDOT_logo

Who should participate?

Michigan Principals, School Transportation Supervisors, Planners, Road Authorities and Safe Routes to School Champions

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.
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27th Annual Shoreline West Bicycle Tour

cThere is so much to experience on this ride: view historic lighthouses, pristine orchards, world famous cherries, wineries, farms, swim at sugar sand beaches, climb the dunes, grab a fresh lunch and picnic along the route in “Michigan’s playground” and ride through the Tunnel of Trees. The terrain is never mundane as it varies from flats, rolling hills, and many challenging climbs. With moderate mileage, this is a great bicycling vacation to either ride with someone you know or someone youmeet on tour. Choose from our 3-day or 7-day tours. The 3-day tour joins in Traverse City and ends in Mackinaw City. The 7-day tour starts in Montague and ends in Traverse City.
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2013 Chippewa Hills Pathway Mountain Bike Race

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Race Information & Entry Form

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Race Information & Entry Form

2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Alpena, MI
Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Location: Bay View Park, S. State St. and Prentiss
Alpena, MI 49707
Coordinator: Shawn Ruetz
Phone: 616-459-4558

IMBA Flow trail building school

logoThis school is geared towards experienced trail builders who want to learn more about the techniques used to design, construct and maintain Flow Trails. The school will be done in conjunction with an IMBA Flow Trail project in Grand Rapids, Michigan. IMBA Trail Solutions employee, Aaron Rogers (Copper Harbor) will be teaching the school along with another member of Trail Solutions Staff. The school is capped at 20.
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