Old Town, Lansing, MI — Recreational Equipment Incorporated has awarded the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance a $15,000 grant to support the Southeast Michigan Regional Trail Maintenance Collaboration project.
Michigan Trails is pleased to announce the next step in its partnership with REI to help build and maintain trails in Michigan is to get Michiganders outside. The grant provides much-needed funds for trail maintenance along the new Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1, which links 17 different trails from South Haven to Port Huron. The REI grant focuses on trails in Southeast Michigan including the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park, Fieldcrest Pathway, Huron Valley Trail, Michigan Air Line Trail, West Bloomfield Trail, Clinton River Trail, Macomb Orchard Trail and Bridge to Bay Trail.
MTGA welcomes this news and applauds the foresight of REI in recognizing trails are the number one recreational need in the state. “REI is a well-known outdoor retailer that values the important connection we all feel to the natural resources of the state,” said Bob Wilson, Executive Director. “This grant will help us continue our mission to get people outside and connect on trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan.”
The Southeast Michigan Regional Trail Maintenance Collaboration project will be overseen by MTGA’s Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Ambassador Andrea LaFontaine. “We are excited to distribute these funds directly into our hardworking trail communities in southeast Michigan,” said LaFontaine. “We are very grateful to REI for supporting our efforts to maintain the quality trail networks that promote connectivity throughout our region.”