Sen. Runestad secures huge boost for Haven Hill restoration

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad said Tuesday that the recently approved fiscal year 2023 state budget includes $1.8 million to help the Haven Hill Natural Area restoration effort within the Highland Recreation Area.

“Haven Hill is one of Oakland County’s most treasured sites, offering southeast Michigan families and visitors an excellent window into the Michigan of the 1920s,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “It is also a wonderful tribute to the Ford family, helping to honor the family’s many contributions to our state and nation.

“The unique area is designated not only as a state historical site and natural area but is a National Natural Landmark as well. This combination of history and nature in one setting makes the Haven Hill Natural Area a must see for all Michiganders. I hope this effort is able to procure the necessary upgrades they need from this one-time funding boost.”

The Haven Hill Natural Area is a 721-acre section of the 6,000 acres that make up the Highland Recreation Area and features opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.

Click here to learn more about Haven Hill, or visit FOHRAvolunteers.org

The 2023 general budget bill was signed into law as Public Act 166 of 2022 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 20. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

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