LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Friday applauded the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board of trustees for including a Dowagiac River development project among its recommendations for 2016.
The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights.
“The purpose of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund is to invest constitutionally restricted funds into vibrant parks and recreational resources that make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am pleased that the 2016 recommendations include a project that would enhance access and outdoor opportunities for families and tourists along the largest cold water river system in Southwest Michigan.”
The NRTF board’s recommendations total nearly $28 million to support 26 acquisition projects and 44 development projects in 2016.
Included in the recommendations is a $277,500 grant to Cass County for developments to the Dodd Park Water Trail on the Dowagiac River.
The grant would be used to install new barrier-free, waterless restrooms and a camping area complete with two cabins, picnic grills and fire rings, along with accessible pathways. The development would also aid water trail users and other park visitors with trailhead signage, a Universal Design compliant kayak/canoe launch, a bridge and parking expansion.
The recommendations will go to the Legislature for review as part of the appropriations process next year.