Sen. Victory supports area natural resources projects

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Roger Victory on Thursday supported approval of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects for 2019, including two projects in Ottawa County.

“I was happy to support these wonderful projects in the district that will enhance our outdoor recreation opportunities for families in the area,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “Ottawa County is already home to many majestic natural resources and attractions. These projects further cement our status as a shining jewel along Lake Michigan.”

House Bill 4244 would authorize the NRTF to use $26 million in restricted funds to support 30 land acquisition projects and 34 development projects. Local matching funds of $15.9 million would bring the total investment to $41.9 million.

The Ottawa Sand Dune project would receive $3.8 million in funding to protect 345 acres of property located on North Shore Drive near Lake Michigan.

Park Township would receive $675,000 to acquire land on the south shore of Lake Macatawa.

“The funding of these projects will improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike,” Victory said. “I am grateful we were able to make this happen.”

The NRTF is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The fund’s dollars are constitutionally restricted to recreation improvements and land acquisitions.

HB 4244 now heads to the governor to be signed into law.