Michigan Governor Rick Snyder approves $27.6 million in outdoors grants

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation approving more than $27.6 million in grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

About $13 million will go to trail development. Grants will also fund 44 outdoor recreation projects and 32 land acquisition projects.

Snyder says the grants will boost tourism and stimulate local economies. He says grant-funded projects will provide more opportunities for residents and visitors to "enjoy unmatched natural resources."

The grants will go to both state and local agencies. The Trust Fund gets its money through investments from the sale and lease of the state's mineral rights.

Trust Fund chairman Sam Cummings says the projects "represent an extraordinary expansion" of opportunities for "the state and dozens of communities."

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