Natural Resources Trust Fund http://michiganradio.org en State lawmakers propose changes to how land is preserved in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-propose-changes-how-land-preserved-michigan <p><em>by Peter Payette for The Environment Report</em></p><p>For decades, communities in Michigan have been preserving land with help from the Natural Resources Trust Fund.&nbsp; The Mackinac Headlands, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area and William Milliken State Park in Detroit were all purchased with the help of these grants.&nbsp; But now some state senators want to change the way the system works.&nbsp; Some of the groups that use the trust fund say the changes are radical.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8908 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers propose changes to how land is preserved in Michigan Conservationists celebrate more than $100 million in state grants http://michiganradio.org/post/conservationists-celebrate-more-100-million-state-grants <p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277-57577-253464--,00.html">signed the bill authorizing</a> more than $102 million in grant money for more than 100 recreation projects and land acquisitions across the state. Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Lindsey Smith reports one of the largest grants will preserve dune-land along the Lake Michigan shore.</p><p>Peter Homeyer is executive director of The Land Conservancy of West Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;West Michigan and a lot of communities around the state are going to see projects now that are going to add to parkland and improve parks right close to home where folks can get out and enjoy nature with this new bill. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:27:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1867 at http://michiganradio.org Conservationists celebrate more than $100 million in state grants