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Bizon pledges support for Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund project recommendations

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Tuesday voiced his support for five development projects and one acquisition recently recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) board for Barry and Ionia counties.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will work to ensure these needed site upgrades, as well as the recommended property expansion for the Portland State Game Area, are properly funded,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek.

“Our recreational areas are important to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for many residents and families across the 19th Senate District and our entire state. I am grateful for the work of the trust fund to identify these projects and will do all I can to make sure they are funded to benefit Michiganders for generations to come.”

The MNRTF’s most recent annual report identified two projects at Barry County’s Yankee Springs Recreational Area — $120,000 to replace the park’s aged popular fishing pier and improve shoreline fishing access, as well as $50,000 to replace the stone beach wall to improve access to the beach and protect the park’s pavilion from high water and wave action on busy Gun Lake.

In Ionia County, the trust fund board recommended $300,000 to expand amenities at the 15.6-acre Scheid Park along the Fred Meijer Grand River Trail in the village of Saranac. The proposed project would construct a restroom-concession building, provide additional barrier-free parking and accessible walkways to existing ball fields.

Additionally, the MNRTF proposed $300,000 to reconstruct 3.2 miles of the Fred Thwaites Grand River Trail in the city of Ionia, $300,000 for development to the Lightning Bend Preserve trailhead and pathways in the city of Belding, and $350,000 for a 66-acre land acquisition to expand the Portland State Game Area.

Learn more about the MNRTF and its project recommendations at