Kiwanis Trail project in trust fund recommendations

I applaud the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board for including the Kiwanis Trail project in Lenawee County in its list of development recommendations for 2018.

The expansion of the Kiwanis Trail would provide a wonderful opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to spend time biking, running or even cross-country skiing with their families on over 10 miles of trail between the two largest cities in Lenawee County.

The NRTF was created four decades ago to invest constitutionally restricted resources into improving the public’s access to outstanding recreational opportunities in our state, and that is exactly what the Kiwanis Trail project will do.

The plan approved by the NRTF board includes $300,000 toward the Kiwanis Trail project, which will connect Adrian and Tecumseh with 7.7 miles of paved, dedicated trail thus providing more than 10 contiguous miles of paved trail to area residents. The trail parallels the River Raisin and intersects at many points, providing a variety of recreation opportunities in addition to use of the trail by walkers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders, snow-shoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund’s dollars are constitutionally restricted to recreation improvements and land acquisitions.

The NRTF board’s recommendations for projects in 2018 will now head to the Legislature for review as part of the budget process.

I strongly support this project and look forward to approving these restricted funds next year to enhance the quality of life in Michigan for generations to come.