Michigan DNR Announces Grant Program to Secure Snowmobile Trail Easements

Michigan DNR Announces Grant Program to Secure Snowmobile Trail Easements
Michigan DNR Announces Grant Program to Secure Snowmobile Trail Easements
Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced a new grant program for 501(c)(3) organizations and local governments to purchase permanent easements for snowmobile trails.

An easement is an authorization to use land for a specific activity, such as snowmobiling.

According to Ron Yesney, a recreation specialist with the DNR, half of Michigan’s snowmobile trails exist on private land, and therefore use of these trails is at the sole discretion of the landowner. Yesney said easements are necessary to ensure that people can enjoy the recreational benefits of snowmobiling on these lands.Three snowmobiles sit on the side of a snow-covered trail under a bridge.

“Snowmobiling also provides economic benefits for businesses and communities,” Yesney said. “This easement grant program will help stabilize the snowmobile trail system to support those economies.”

Applications are due Nov. 15 for this year’s grant cycle. To apply, visit www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling, open the Trail Sponsors drop-down menu and select Grant Programs.

Snowmobile trail easement grants are funded through the $8 fee on all snowmobile registrations.

For more information, contact Yesney at 906-228-6561 or yesneyr@michigan.gov.

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