Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board oversees the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund (MNRTF).  The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has been in place since 1976. It provides financial assistance to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase land or rights in land for public recreation or protection of land because of its environmental importance or its scenic beauty.  It also assists in the appropriate development of land for public outdoor recreation.

The MNRTF is supported by annual revenues from the development of State-owned mineral resources, largely oil and gas. It is governed by Article 9, Section 35 of the State Constitution and Part 19 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 451 PA 1994, as amended.

Click here to access the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board homepage and meeting information


MCL 324.1905, Act 451 of 1994

Contact Information

Steve DeBrabander
Manager, Grants Management
Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 517-284-5930
Email: debrabanders@michigan.gov

Linda Harlow
Assistant to the Board
Phone: 517-284-7268
Email: harlowl@michigan.gov



Samuel Cummings, Grand Rapids
Term expires 10/1/18

Steve Hamp, Ann Arbor
Term expires 10/1/19


William R. Rustem, Mason
Term expires 10/1/20


Erin McDonough, Williamston
Term expires 10/1/21 


Keith Creagh

Director, DNR