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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snyder unveils proposal to connect Belle Isle, Wisconsin with bike trail [Detroit Free Press]


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown Sept. 10, 2012, in Flat Rock, shared part of his blueprint for a environmentally healthy and energy-efficient state today.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown Sept. 10, 2012, in Flat Rock, shared part of his blueprint for a environmentally healthy and energy-efficient state today. / Associated Press
A 599-mile trail stretching from Belle Isle to Wisconsin — connecting existing trails and meandering through the middle part of the Michigan mitten and across its Upper Peninsula — would showcase some of the state’s most breathtaking vistas to hikers, snowmobilers and countless other off-road enthusiasts, according to a proposal Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled today. 
The trail would wend through the state’s forested areas and prairies, through open lands and by waterways, offering year-round recreation to residents and tourists, said Ron Olson, chief of Michigan’s Parks and Recreation division.
Snyder introduced his vision for the trail — as well as hopes to bolster the state’s other trails — during a special address today in which he outlined a plan for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient Michigan.
To make the trail a reality, 81.5 miles of new trails would be needed in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and 152 miles in the Upper Peninsula to connect to existing trails.
“When we saw what we already had, we were pretty excited,” said Valerie Brader, deputy legal counsel and senior policy adviser to Snyder.

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