September 20-27, 2014: Michigan Trails Week

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

WHEREAS, Michigan is a national leader in the number of designated miles of trails, and

WHEREAS, the state’s trail system plays a significant role in strengthening Michigan’s economy, supporting thousands of jobs, primarily through small-business owners; and

WHEREAS, the state’s trail system provides residents with broad access to a low-cost, 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 the most popular and growing means of enjoying the out-of-doors; and

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

WHEREAS, trails provide alternative, scenic transportation routes that help to decrease road congestion and pollution and also serve to better connect communities to each other; and

WHEREAS, Michigan’s rich network of trails throughout the Upper and Lower peninsulas provides 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 Saturday, September 20, through Saturday, September 27, 2014, as Michigan Trails Week.