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      Trust Fund aims to provide nearly $3.1 million to the Upper Michigan outdoors

      The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board of Trustees recommended to the legislature that $27,677,800 in funds be awarded to 76 recreational development projects in 2014.

      According to the announcement, there were 142 applications received for the money, and that number was whittled down to 76 recipients. If approved, this could bring nearly $3.1 million to Upper Michigan projects on the list.

      "No matter where you are in our state, you're never far from a park, trail, outdoor project or natural area that has benefited in some way from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund," said Governor Rick Snyder. "Each of Michigan's 83 counties has seen, in ways small and large, the economic and quality-of-life boosts that come from better and broader access to quality public outdoor recreation, courtesy of Trust Fund-supported projects."

      Of the nearly $28 million being awarded to both state and local agencies, $19 million will go towards land acquisition and over $8.5 million will go to development programs.

      The announcement stated that 62 grants will be awarded to local governments and 14 will be going to the Department of Natural Resources.

      "Michigan's communities are home to unique, natural spaces and offer great potential for quality outdoor recreation opportunities, both of which play a big role in regional placemaking in our state," said DNR Director Keith Creagh.

      The full list of recommendations by the Trust Fund board can be found here , and the Upper Michigan projects are listed below.

      Upper Peninsula - 2013 Development Project Recommendations Alger County - City of Munising, Munising Bay Mountain Bike Trailhead - $194,100Development to include a new trailhead with a universally-accessible restroom, parking lot and all of the necessary amenities for a new 1.6-mile single track, mountain bike trail. The new mountain bike trail will have different trail types to meet a variety of user abilities and will traverse the scenic forested hills around Munising. Alger County - City of Munising, Munising Tourist Park Campground Improvement -$200,000This is a campground development project along the Hiawatha Water Trail on Lake Superior. It includes the renovation of existing campsites to full service sites, expansion of new rustic campsites, access paths, mobi-mat beach access path to the shoreline, upgrades to the existing dump station, septic field and lighting, parking improvements to meet ADA requirements, new toilet/shower building to fully provide the requirements for the expanded campsites and a new entrance sign. Gogebic County - City of Bessemer, Bluff Valley Park - $45,000Development to include replacement of playground equipment and exercise equipment that have exceeded their useful life and renovation of an existing hiking trail to meet ADA requirements.

      Gogebic County - City of Wakefield, Eddy Park Improvements - $112,500Development to include renovation of restroom and change house facilities for accessibility and repair of the pier at Eddy Park located on popular Sunday Lake. Marquette County - City of Marquette, Presque Isle/Harlow/Williams Restrooms - $296,000Development to include three new restrooms that meet universal design access at the 323-acre Presque Isle Park along Lake Superior and at Williams and Harlow Parks, which are popular neighborhood parks. Marquette County - Republic Township, Munson Park Improvements - $172,200Development of a campground along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. It includes the construction of paved RV sites with water and electric, rustic tent campsites, accessible restrooms, access paths, parking and necessary site amenities at Munson Park along the Michigamme River and day use picnic sites along School Lake. Menominee County - Stoney Point Rehabilitation - $18,700Stoney Point boat launch is a popular launch site that offers access to Green Bay on Lake Michigan. Development includes replacement of deteriorating boat launch pads, resurfacing of existing parking lot to meet ADA requirements and site amenities for its users.

      Baraga County - Village of Baraga, Lake Superior Shoreline - $185,000Acquisition of approximately 1,700 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, including approximately 7.6 acres of vacant land for the Lake Superior Shore Park expansion. Chippewa County â?? DNR, Lime Island Recreation Area-Karen's Cabins - $180,000Acquisition of 7 acres of land with 600 feet of frontage on the St. Mary's River, including a 300-foot-long boat harbor. This parcel will be managed as an accessory to the Lime Island State Recreation Area and is needed to provide shelter for boats, parking for vehicles and an excellent location for freighter-watching, fishing and kayak stopovers. The site will also provide protected moorage for watercraft used for park safety and enforcement patrol. A resolution of support has been provided by the local unit of government for this acquisition. Marquette County - City of Marquette, Clark Lambros Beach Park - $1,440,000Acquisition of approximately 9 acres of land with approximately 1500 linear feet of frontage of Lake Superior and 500 linear feet of shoreline on the Dead River. This parcel is in a location that provides for a safe and accessible swimming beach, protected from the surf by the harbor break wall. Schoolcraft County - City of Manistique, Manistique River Waterfront North Lot - $26,400Acquisition of 1.16 acres to acquire approximately 2,150 feet of frontage along the Manistique River. This acquisition will enhance the access to the waterfront and eventually be the location of a multi-use pathway. 2013 Acquisition Project Recommendations Schoolcraft County - City of Manistique, Manistique River Waterfront Lot US-2 - $125,000Acquisition of 7.64 acres to make waterfront more accessible. It would eventually serve as the location of a multi-use pathway.

      Schoolcraft County - City of Manistique, Manistique River Waterfront Elk Street - $102,300Acquisition of 2.73 acres (four lots) to Manistique River parcel to allow space for public parking to access the planned non-motorized path extension.