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Border to Border Trail Receives $300 K Grant

By Katrease Stafford Ypsilanti Reporter

Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com file photo Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for AnnArbor.com.

Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com file photo
Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for AnnArbor.com.

The city of Ypsilanti has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant program to go toward the Border to Border Trail project that will run through the city’s Water Street property.
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Communities pursue Trail Town designation

Nicole Grulke – News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Area Tourism Council hosted a presentation by Land Information Access Association community planner Harry Burkholder to discuss the possibilities involved on branding Atlanta as a Trail Town. The focus of the presentation was to inform community members of different ways to leverage and improve the existing trail systems for community and economic development.
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Petoskey (M-119) to Alanson – Trail to be completed before July 4

ALANSON — A seven-mile trail from M-119 in Bear Creek Township to Alanson is expected to be completed as early as July 4.

After more than 20 years in planning and creation the rail corridor winding in between Round Lake and Crooked Lake will become a 10-foot-wide, paved asphalt trail connecting the Little Traverse Wheelway to Alanson.

“I see this as a neat destination for people who want to take a day trip,” said Emily Meyerson, Top of Michigan Trails Council’s northern Lower Peninsula trailways coordinator. “Pretty much everyone can bike seven miles.”
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Mich. outdoor recreation plan gets feds’ approval

camping-tentSubmitted by Phil Heimerl on March 13, 2013 – 12:01 am
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its statewide outdoor recreation plan has won federal approval.The endorsement from the National Park Service is important because it makes the state eligible for federal funding to boost outdoor recreation opportunities.

About $40 million is available nationwide each year under the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. To qualify for grants, states must prepare and win approval of a recreation plan that’s updated every five years.
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TRAIL RUNNING – How to Hit Your Stride on MICHIGAN TRAILS

Michigan’s landscape offers the perfect setting for trail running. Thinking of getting out and hitting the Michigan trails? Todd Scott, avid runner and Detroit Greenways Coordinator of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance fills us in on what you need to know.

Photo credit: Greg Sadler Photography/sadlershots.com

Running can get pretty tedious. Having a rocking playlist on your iPod can help, but it’s not nearly as good as taking things off road.
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Saginaw County to build first section of tri-county RAIL TRAIL

SAGINAW, MI — A 40-mile loop that would connect nearly 100 total miles of trail passing through Saginaw, Bay and 12390542-largeMidland counties will be two miles closer to a reality if Saginaw County receives a $300,000 state grant it plans to apply for before April 1.

The stretch of trail from Zilwaukee Township to the Saginaw-Bay county line would be the first big piece of the puzzle to be completed, Saginaw County Parks and Recreation Commissioner Director John Schmude told county commissioners Tuesday, March 5.
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Federal funds to extend Heritage Trail at Sleeping Bear Dunes

The state Transportation Department has received $100,000 in federal fundsimages (1) to extend Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Heritage Trail by nearly five miles.

The funding is part of $12.5 million for 29 projects in 20 states to improve access to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the projects Monday.

The section of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Heritage Trail getting the work connects Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, northwest of Traverse City.
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Grants available for Water Trails!

canoes03-300x225The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has just announced a round of funding for planning water trails. Grant criteria can be found here.

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AlpenaNow.com: DNR posts forest management plans on website

forest2Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 4, 2013 – 12:11 am

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has posted updated draft plans for managing state forests on its website for public inspection.

The department has developed separate plans for the northern Lower Peninsula, eastern Upper Peninsula and western Upper Peninsula. Officials say they consulted with a variety of groups representing interests such as government, outdoor recreation, forest products and conservation.
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Grand opening for Millersburg Depot Regional Trailhead

trail-atvA grand opening event is being held for the new Millersburg Depot Regional Trailhead.

The trailhead is located halfway between Alpena and Cheboygan, along the North Eastern State Trail or NEST.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Presque Isle County, the Village of Millersburg and the Millersburg Area Historical Society shared resources to develop and maintain the trail for year-round enjoyment. Those attending can come by snowmobile, foot or car. Guests can also bring ice skates and enjoy the village ice rink located on-site.
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New Map Available for Kalamazoo River Vally Trail

AA_055zoomThe Kalamazoo River Valley Trail map/brochure has been updated to include the new section from Mayors’ Riverfront Park to Comstock. The map includes several other improvements, such as clearly marked parking areas and amenities. It is now available online at: www.krvtrail.com and is also available here KRVTmap2013