Legislators to hold town hall on White Pine Trail

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DNR agrees to delay project pending public input

LANSING, Mich. — The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has agreed to temporarily delay a work project on the final 40-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park at the request of area legislators who reached out to the department on behalf of concerned residents.

The department will temporarily delay the project and will participate in an informational meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Plainfield Township Office, located at 6161 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI.

State Sens. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford; and Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan; and Reps. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township; Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes; and Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker; submitted a letter to DNR Director Keith Creagh requesting the project be delayed so public input could be gathered.

“Over the last several months, our offices have received numerous phone calls, emails, and letters and we have held meetings with constituents and local officials about their concerns with the DNR’s proposed work project,” the legislators said in the letter. “It is vital that those who use and maintain the trail hear a detailed explanation of the department’s plan and have the opportunity to ask questions and have their voices heard.”

The forthcoming project would surface trail sections with crushed limestone from LeRoy to Reed City, and from Big Rapids to Sand Lake.

The 92-mile-long trail runs from Cadillac to Comstock Park and features natural ballast and hard packed gravel, with 13 miles of asphalt pavement from Reed City to Big Rapids and seven miles of asphalt pavement from Rockford to Belmont.

For more information about the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, visit the DNR website.