2003-04 off-road vehicle grant applications available: MI

Article Posted: June 02, 2003

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2003-04 off-road vehicle grant applications available

State officials today announced off-road vehicle grant applications are available to public agencies, nonprofit and incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available for grants to maintain existing designated ORV trails, routes and use areas; repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas. Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.

“We currently maintain more than 3,100 miles of designated ORV trails and routes Statewide,” said DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division ORV Program Manager Steve Kubisiak. “We encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us maintain Michigan’s great ORV trail system.”

Grant applications are prioritized to address existing trail maintenance and restoration needs on public land. Grant applicants are encouraged to identify all trails, routes and areas they wish to maintain. Requests may include more trail, route, or area maintenance than has been previously assigned to a sponsor organization.

Completed applications must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2003. Any public agency, nonprofit, incorporated club or organization seeking an application should contact DNR’s Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems, Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909. Grant applications may also be requested by using Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems’ 24-hour Voicemail at 517-373-2724.

Questions about the ORV program and application requirements should be directed to the ORV program staff in the DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI, 48909, 517-373-1665.

A separate application is available for grants to eligible county sheriff departments to enforce ORV regulations. Counties that have either designated ORV trails or abandoned railroad rights-of-way that are being converted into Michigan Trailways are eligible for law enforcement funding.

For more information on ORV enforcement grant opportunities call Maureen Kay Houghton, Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems at 517-373-2965.

Source: MDNR

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