Bumstead appreciates natural resources grants awarded locally

first_img19Dec Bumstead appreciates natural resources grants awarded locally Funds assist Oceana County access, recreation improvement effortsState Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for awarding two grants to Oceana County that will help fund conservation efforts, assist outdoor recreation projects and improve public access to natural resources.“It’s wonderful to see the DNR confirm what we already know about our local communities,” Bumstead said. “Oceana County has a lot to share with Michiganders and visitors who are experiencing the Great Lake State, and I’m glad we’re taking advantage of these funding opportunities.”The announcement was made this week by the DNR, which periodically awards funding through the Recreation Passport grant program—funded by vehicle entry passes at Michigan state parks and recreation sites—and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal program encouraging efforts to provide better public outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.“Access to quality, public outdoor recreation opportunities not only promotes healthy lifestyles, it also helps local communities create a sense of place while boosting their local economies,” said Steve DeBrabander, DNR grants manager. “Better, broader access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities has a direct, positive impact on quality of life for residents and visitors, and that’s good news for local economies.”The Village of Rothbury received $45,000 from the Recreation Passport program to improve community parks and the Oceana County DNR received $100,000 from the LWCF to improve a Silver Lake boat access and day use.“With the help of these well-deserved funds, Silver Lake and Rothbury can continue improving public access to our community’s waterways, as well as state and local parks,” Bumstead said. “Thank you to the DNR for helping us improve our west Michigan community.”In this round of funding, the DNR awarded a total of $877,500 from the Recreation Passport program to seven Upper Peninsula and 14 Lower Peninsula applicants, and a total of $830,700 from the LWCF to 10 Lower Peninsula applicants. Thirty communities across Pure Michigan will be positively impacted by these grants.### Categories: Newslast_img