September 22-29, 2018: Michigan Trails Week

WHEREAS, Michigan’s wealth of trails provide an abundance of opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy our state’s spectacular natural resources; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is known as “the trails state” due to the more than 12,500 miles of diverse and designated trails; and,

WHEREAS, the Iron Belle Trail, stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula, is the longest state-designated trail in the nation; and,

WHEREAS, our state’s trail system plays a significant role in strengthening Michigan’s economy and supporting thousands of jobs; and,

WHEREAS, the state’s trail system provides residents with broad access to a low-cost, accessible and enjoyable way to improve health and reduce obesity, thereby decreasing health care costs; and,

WHEREAS, trail-related activities – including hiking, walking, snowmobiling, running, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, paddling and using off-road vehicles – are among the most popular and growing means of enjoying the outdoors; and,

WHEREAS, the existence of quality trails helps to strengthen the appeal of communities by boosting quality-of-life amenities that attract businesses and increase property values; and,

WHEREAS, trails provide scenic transportation routes that help decrease road congestion and pollution and connect communities; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s rich network of trails throughout the Upper and Lower peninsulas provide residents and visitors with scenic spaces in which to explore nature, appreciate wildlife, experience solitude or enjoy time with family and friends;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 22-29, 2018 as Michigan Trails Week.