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Michigan State Parks Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Oct 09, 2019

This year, Michigan celebrates the 100th anniversary of its state park system.  Michigan’s state parks incorporate a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities – camping, fishing, boating, swimming, trails, historical fun – the outdoor experiences are endless and create some of the best life moments and memories. It’s a vast system made up of 103 […]

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End of Summer but not Summer Activity

Sep 04, 2019

With the proverbial “end of summer” behind us (though not the technical end of summer which is September 23) I’m wanting not to let go. We were robbed of the first half with all the rain, grey skies, and cool temps, so my fight continues. So, to keep it going there’s a lot of summertime […]

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The Quirky History of the Governor’s Labor Day Bridge Run

Aug 28, 2019

Michigan offers a myriad of settings to run in unique and beautiful places.  Fifteen years ago, I was provided an opportunity I couldn’t turn down – one of the most unique there is and established by a former governor’s quick step.   Most everyone is familiar with the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, hosted annually […]

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Office of Outdoor Recreation Created

May 24, 2019

Given the abundance of natural resources and outdoor recreation in Michigan, the state is taking a step to further promote outdoor recreation activities throughout Michigan. To accomplish that, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. The new office will be a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and […]

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House Committee Approves Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Spending

Mar 01, 2019

$26 million would be appropriated for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, under legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week. The money would come from the Natural Resources Trust Fund, which under the Michigan constitution is used to support these types of projects. The projects outlined in the bill […]

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House Dems Call for Action on PFAS

Sep 07, 2018

This week members of the House Democratic caucus held a press conference to urge the legislature to take immediate action to strengthen PFAS water quality standards. Since PFAS was first discovered in private Michigan wells last year, 16 out of 83 counties have identified contaminated sites, with thousands of additional sites still being tested. The […]

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Michigan Sells Nearly $150m in Bonds

Aug 10, 2018

State Treasurer Nick Khouri announced that the State of Michigan sold more than $149 million in General Obligation Environmental Program Bonds. The bonds are being issued under the Great Lakes Protection and Clean Michigan Initiative Program and will primarily support environmental contamination remediation, water infrastructure, asset management plans, and water quality monitoring in communities across […]

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Managed Public Land Strategy Approved

Jun 29, 2018

This week, Governor Rick Snyder approved of a strategy removing land purchasing caps for the State of Michigan. The plan provides for legislative approval of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Managed Public Land Strategy and establishes procedures and guidelines for how and when they state can purchase land in Michigan. In 2012, legislation was […]

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