Pure Michigan Trails

 

Pure Michigan: The Trail State

Amendment of 1994 Michigan Trailways Act can provide boost to Michigan trails and local economies

LANSING, Mich. — A new Pure Michigan Trails campaign may be on the horizon as Michigan legislators are advocating for the revision of the 1994 Michigan Trailways Act. Celebrating hundreds of trails in Michigan, lawmakers are looking to reinforce Michigan’s status as the top trail state in the nation.

 On March 27, members of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee approved and sent to the Senate floor five bills that amend the 1994 Michigan Trailways Act, which is designed to update and promote quality trail development and operation. 

The amendment of the law will promote the various trail systems Michigan offers, uniting and incorporating all trail types. The legislative proposals include the establishment of designations for Pure Michigan Trail Towns, Pure Michigan Trails and Pure Michigan Water Trails.

“The Michigan Trailways Act is due for an update, and we have come so far since that time. This is an opportunity to promote all trails in Michigan,” said Nancy Krupiarz, the executive director for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “This proposal highlights multi-use trails along with trails for equestrian use, water trails, mountain biking, winter use, hiking, ORVs and snowmobiles.”

Across Michigan, interconnected trails and communities provide a wide array of opportunities for Michigan’s tourism industry and residents. Designated trails and towns would be eligible for funding from the Pure Michigan Trail Fund, the new title for the Michigan Trailways Fund. With a trail town designation, local businesses will be able to showcase their services and further encourage new business start-ups to cater to trail users needs, such as service repair shops, eateries and other trail-related services.

Another feature of the new legislation is a pilot program that will establish a statewide database of trail maps for Pure Michigan Trails, allowing trail users to download trail map applications on their mobile devices. This user-friendly format will make information easily and readily available, and will promote trail use in Michigan.

            For more information about Michigan trails and greenways, please visit www.michigantrails.org.

The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance  – an affiliate of the Michigan Fitness Foundation -- is a non-profit organization that fosters and facilitates the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.

 

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