September 23-30, 2017: 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 known as The Trails State due to the large 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 the appeal of communities 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 September 23-30, 2017 as Michigan Trails Week.