Model Policies

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Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) program provides a source of funding, derived from royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights, for the public acquisition of lands for resource protection and public outdoor recreation. Passed in 1984 and amended several times....

Published on 12/17/16
Funding Mechanism: Constitutional Amendment
Topic Area: Trails, Parks, Dedicated Funding, Recreation
State: Michigan
Tags: 2002, Royalties

Success Stories

Pennsylvania Transportation Bill Means Millions for Trails, Walking and Biking

When Pennsylvania passed a comprehensive transportation bill, Act 89, in 2013, it was a big win for walking and biking in the state. The bill allocates funding for all modes of surface transportation—roads, transit, and yes, even walking and biking. Although trails, walking and biking must...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Transportation, Transit, Cycling, Walking, Trails, Dedicated Funding, Vehicle Fees, Taxes
Tags: Gas tax, 2013

Clean Ohio: Bond Initiative Creates Hundreds of Millions for Trails, Conservation

First approved by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative that restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving open space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and attracting investment and economic development. The program,...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Constitutional Amendment
Topic Area: Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Dedicated Funding
Tags: Bond, 2000, 2008