Pure Michigan Trails
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 02:35:39 EDT
The governor has signed bills into law that promote the idea of melding
Michigan's trail network, with so-called "trail towns."
The Pure Michigan Trail Initiative is part of an effort to further improve
Michigan's network of multi-use land and water trails.
The bills allow for the designation of "Pure Michigan Trail Towns" that support
the multi-use trails. There would also be a corresponding updating of trail
maps which are accessible online or on a smartphone.
Senate Republican John Moolenaar of Midland says the effort is to help support
tourism jobs, encourage outdoor pursuits and improve local economies by
attracting more visitors to Michigan's trail system.
In signing the bills, the governor says the new acts redefine the designation
process of special trails in the state and support the development of a
statewide network of multiple use trails and water ways.
The bills give the director of the Department of Natural Resources the authority
to name trailways as Pure Michigan Trails, water ways as Pure Michigan Water
Trails and towns as Pure Michigan Trail Towns, pending approval from the
Michigan Economic Development Corp.
They also allow statewide volunteer activities to include trail enhancement
programs in support of trail upkeep and maintenance.
The bills update existing language in a variety of locations to reflect the new
designations. Outdated mentions of trailways will be redefined as trails.