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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

Florida: Funding Trails Through Conservation and the Ballot Box

Florida’s history of supporting environmental conservation and recreation dates back to the establishment of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1963. Throughout the years, a number of programs have helped support this important trust fund—and today, Florida seeks to build on the success of these...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Environment/Sustainability, Taxes
Tags: Bond, 2014

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