- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Dozens of land purchases and outdoor recreation projects have been chosen to receive grants totaling $28 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

The fund consists of payments from companies that develop state-owned minerals such as oil and gas. A board chooses projects for funding each year. The legislature and governor decide whether to approve the list.

Among suggested property acquisitions for 2016 are a waterfall in Houghton County, two areas for increased boating access to Lake St. Clair, land near the Grand River in Grand Rapids to support recreational development of the river, and frontage on Bear Lake in Manistee County for installation of new kayak and canoe launches.

The board also endorsed 44 development projects in 30 counties. They included improvements to trails, boat launches and parks.

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