The Pure Michigan Trailways Package— Implementing the New State Trails Plan

For Immediate Release:

March 24, 2014 – Lansing, MI – Members of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism recently released a 5-bill package designed to update the Michigan Trailways Act and to promote quality trail development and operation. This legislation unites and incorporates all trail types, including snowmobiling, ORV use, equestrian, hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, and winter uses, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing under one act.   A Pure Michigan Trail designation will encourage best practices for development and maintenance according to standards to be established by the Department of Natural Resources.  Also, communities will have the opportunity to become a “Pure Michigan Trail Town” if they undertake a planning process and implement trail enhancements, such as physical connections, way-finding, entrepreneurial services, or other improvements that welcome trail users to town.

Another feature of the new legislation is that a new pilot program will establish a statewide database of trail maps for Pure Michigan Trails allowing trail users to download trail map applications on their smartphones. Having this user-friendly information so easily accessible will further promote trail use in Michigan. Finally, the bill will require adopt a trail programs to coordinate with other clean-up efforts on public land in close proximity to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the many volunteers who so generously give of their time and energy.

“It is hoped that these changes to the Michigan Trailways Act will elevate all of our state’s trail systems to the next level of trail development, upkeep, and promotion,” said Nancy Krupiarz, Executive Director, MTGA.  This legislation propels the new Michigan Comprehensive Trails Plan forward into implementation.”

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Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance