September 20 - 27, 2020: Trails Week

WHEREAS, Michigan’s vast network of trails provides 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 13,000 miles of diverse and designated state-managed trails; and,

WHEREAS, the state’s trail system is the result of a successful partnership between state agencies, local trails groups, local units of government, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens who have come together to connect communities and people; and,

WHEREAS, our state’s trail system plays a significant role in strengthening Michigan’s economy, supporting thousands of jobs and increasing the quality of life for all Michiganders; and,

WHEREAS, the trail system is designed to accommodate both motorized and nonmotorized users through a carefully designed master plan that reflects emerging trail needs in the state while encouraging a sustainable system for future generations; and,

WHEREAS, increasingly popular and healthy lifestyle activities include trail and water-related activities such as hiking, biking, walking, running, horseback riding, off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and paddling; and,

WHEREAS, trails serve as alternative transportation corridors that help decrease road congestion and provide safe, healthy, and enjoyable routes; and,

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 20-27, 2020, as Trails Week in Michigan.