Zorn votes for River Raisin battlefield project

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

Project included in trust fund bill headed to governor to be signed

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday voted to support the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) plan, which features funding to help the city of Monroe purchase land adjacent to the River Raisin National Battlefield.

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 Natural Resources Trust Fund invests these restricted funds in our natural and recreational resources to improve our quality of life and make Michigan more attractive to job creators and tourists,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I strongly supported this project to help enhance community access to the River Raisin battlefield, which is the only national battlefield park from the War of 1812.”

House Bill 4078 authorizes the NRTF to spend $4,986,200 toward a $7 million project for Monroe to acquire properties adjacent to the River Raisin battlefield that would be used for accessible recreation, the conservation of natural resources and the improvement of urban areas. HB 4078 now heads to the governor to be signed into law.

“The importance of the River Raisin site as a cultural, historical and natural resource was illustrated by the fact that the project was the trust fund board’s top priority for land acquisitions,” said Zorn, vice chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. “Once signed by the governor, this plan will help preserve a piece of our heritage and improve access to outstanding outdoor recreation for area residents and visitors.”