Trust fund recommends $200,000 in improvement projects for St. Clair County

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Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) recommended several projects on Wednesday allocating more than $28 million for natural resources improvement projects in St. Clair County and across the state, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The money in the fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions.

If the MNRTF’s recommendations are approved by the Legislature, the city of Algonac will receive $50,000 to install energy-efficient lighting in Riverfront Park.

St. Clair County will receive $97,500 to acquire Way Property in Wales Township, enabling an investment of $195,000 on this land in partnership with the Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

The county also will receive $65,800, allowing $100,000 to be invested on the Belle River property directly next to Columbus County Park.

“I am thrilled the Natural Resources Trust Fund has recommended these grants,” Pavlov said. “The fund helps make Michigan the place we love to call home. Improving parks and recreational resources not only enriches our quality of life, but also attracts job providers and helps strengthen our economy.”