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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

Ohio - Local (Oxford Area) Trails Levy

Oxford, Ohio (location of Miami University) passes tax levy to build 12-mile trail system. Read more about the process of getting this initiative on the ballot. The City of Oxford, Ohio passed a property tax levy on May 8, 2018 to fund the construction of its planned 12-mile multi-use trail...

Published on 03/20/18
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Local Policy
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Health, Trails, Transportation, Recreation, Walking
Tags: Local option, Property tax

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