Sen. Lauwers supports area natural resources projects

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dan Lauwers on Thursday supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2019, including three projects in the 25th District.

“These projects will improve the quality of life for residents of the Thumb as well as visitors,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Outdoor recreation opportunities are an important part of community life, and the money in this fund will increase those opportunities.”

House Bill 4244 would authorize the NRTF to use $26 million in restricted funds to support 30 land acquisition projects and 34 development projects. Local matching funds of $15.9 million would bring the total investment to $41.9 million.

In St. Clair County, the city of Port Huron would receive $50,000 for the Palmer Park Inclusive Playground, and Clay Township would receive $86,200 for the Harsens Island Kayak Access project.

The city of Harbor beach in Huron County would receive $49,000 for the Lincoln Park expansion.

“The Natural Resources Trust Fund was created over 40 years ago to preserve Michigan’s great outdoors and enhance access to public recreation,” Lauwers said. “I am happy it is working for the 25th District.”

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.

HB 4244 now heads to the governor to be signed into law.