2013-01-24 / Outdoors

Input sought for state’s trail plan

Residents encouraged to take survey by 25th

LANSING – As part of developing a broad plan to guide the growth and care of Michigan’s motorized, non-motorized and water trails, the Department of Natural Resources is turning to the state’s trail users for help.

The DNR is asking the public to review the draft Michigan Comprehensive Trails Plan – available at www.michigan.gov/ stateparks – and give feedback on any aspect of the plan by completing the survey (available on the same page) by Jan. 25.

“Our goal is to make sure we receive a broad range of input from Michigan trail users to ensure our vast trail system is sustainable and relevant for the future,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson.

“Michigan is home to a vast and varied trail system,” Olson added. “Our goal is to provide a consistent, quality resource that best meets the needs of the steadily increasing number and variety of trail users.”

Fortunately, the DNR has an extensive network of partners who care deeply about and are invested in the future of Michigan’s trail system and who, over the years, have helped make possible many trail-related acquisition and development projects.

The Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council is charged with the responsibility to review and recommend a trail plan for the state. The origin of this draft plan is Public Act 45 of 2010, which stated the DNR and MSTAC work together to establish such a plan for a statewide trail network.

The plan will result in guiding the DNR and the MSTAC toward establishing Michigan as the nation’s Trail State. conservation areas.

The draft can be found on the www.michigan. gov/ stateparks website for review and comment.

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