DNR awards several 2016 ORV trail grants

Aug. 23, 2016

LANSING – Dozens of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trails will see improvements in the coming months after Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the latest round of trail grants.

The 39 grants totaling more than $4.1 million will fund more than 100 projects. These funds come from the state’s ORV license and trail permit fees. Much of the money is awarded to trail sponsors or clubs that maintain the ORV trails. Any public agency or nonprofit incorporated club or organization can obtain an application for a grant.

“Michigan is fortunate to have these kinds of partners,” said State Trails Coordinator Paul Yauk, from the DNR. “Through the help of these partners, we are putting the money generated through the ORV fees directly back into the system.”

The funded projects vary from things like wetland restoration, culverts, signage, grading, site restoration and adding surface materials to trails. Several bridge projects are included, too, such as the replacement of the Ham Creek Bridge in Missaukee County.

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is a restricted fund, made possible by using 100 percent of ORV user fees to support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration, safety education and law enforcement.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Kennedy, acting manager for the DNR's motorized program at 517-284-6107.