- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Legislature has authorized spending $24.7 million on 69 recreational development and land purchase projects around Michigan in 2015.

Legislation that the Senate approved Thursday authorizes Natural Resources Trust Fund projects. Funding comes from earnings on the sale and lease of publicly owned mineral rights.

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill.

Governments will get $18.2 million to buy land for parks, trails and other recreational purposes, and $6.5 million will help develop and improve parks, trails and boat launches.

Funding includes $5 million for the city of Monroe and $2 million to help the state link a 1,000-mile “showcase” trail from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula. There’s also $2.9 million to buy land for an Oakland County mountain biking park.

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Projects: https://1.usa.gov/1Feqqkx

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