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Mountain Bike Trail Forum

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a “Trail Forum” on March 22nd at Tree Tops Resort between 1pm and 5pm

Thunder Bay Trails representatives are planning on attending, let us know if you would like to come along

Click on the links below for more details

MBS Invitation

Mountain Bike Trail Forum Agenda

Tour Alpena County’s MTB Trails Fund Raiser

Rail Trail Bridge Pano

Saturday July 23rd 2016 at 8am Ride all the single track in Alpena County starting at Rockport ~ Norway Ridge Pathway ~ Chippewa Hills Pathway

The day would begin at 8am at Rockport State Rec Area doing one 7 mile loop around the quarry, then jumping in your vehicle and driving to Norway Ridge Pathway where you would do an lap approx. 7 miles then back into your vehicle on to Chippewa Hills Pathway for a lap of 7 to 10 miles.
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Trails week to be celebrated around the region

Rockport State Recreation Area

Rockport State Recreation Area

ROCKPORT – Residents and visitors can celebrate Michigan Trails Week by taking one of three tours at Rockport State Recreation Area on Saturday.

Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area is hosting an event to showcase the state recreation area’s trails, both over land and water, Department of Natural Resources Park Supervisor Eric Ostrander said. Saturday is also National Public Lands Day, and access to all state parks and recreation areas is free. This includes Norway Ridge Pathway southwest of Alpena, Harrisville, Negwegon and Hoeft state parks and anywhere else recreation passports typically are required.
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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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MMBA New Trail Guide reminder!

 

Just a reminder as we now get into good weather- the MMBA launched a new trail guide thanks to some highly skilled and dedicated work by one of your fellow mountain bikers. The trail guide is much more visual and informative. It’s easy to see WHERE the trails are!

Our new Trail Guide can be found here, or at the link in the side bar: http://mmba.org/trail-guide

Developed as a winter-time volunteer project by professional web developer Jeff Lau (UselessPickles on the MMBA Forum) this guide is designed to let users explore what our state has to offer, easily finding information about each trail. One can quickly identify trails in an area, drill down to detailed info on each trail, and get directions to help navigate to new places. Some of the trails even feature an overlay of their trail map.
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Saginaw Moves Forward on 2 Miles of Tri-County Rail Trail

Two miles of the more than 40-mile Tri-County Rail Trail moved forward in Saginaw on Monday as the county’s Parks railand Recreation Commission received approval by the Board of Commissioners to act as lead agency on a $300,000 application.

The grant, through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, will be used – if approved – to develop a two-mile stretch of trail from Kochville Road in Zilwaukee Township to the Saginaw-Bay County line.
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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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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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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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Draft State Trails Plan Ready for Public Review!

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance has been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and various other trail entities to put together a comprehensive state trails plan that will help to guide development of Michigan’s trail system into the future. This trails plan is different from other trail plans that have been done in the past, such as the “Connecting Michigan Statewide Trail Vision and Action Plan” and “Michigan Trails at the Crossroads,” because it encompasses all trail types: snowmobiling, ORV, equestrian and the nonmotorized trails (hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, water, cross-country skiing).
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