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  • Mon, May 09, 2016 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inside Michigan's Great Outdoors

    spring trees with sun shining through

    May 2016

    Chateau Grand Traverse donates $10,000 to DNR as part of 'The Wines of the Great Outdoors' series

    Chateau Grand Traverse check presentation

    Chateau Grand Traverse Winery gave a big toast to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources when they presented a $10,000 check toward the replacement of 200 diseased trees late last week.

    As part of "The Wines of the Great Outdoors" series and a three-year partnership, CGT will donate approximately 50 percent of the net profits to Michigan’s parks, trails and waterways each year. Want to take part in how the funds will be used in the next round? You can cast your online vote to help choose new recreation funding for next year. The choices are recycling, natural playgrounds and tree replacement. 

    Cast your vote

    Grab your bike, explore Michigan and celebrate National Bike Month this May

    Biking at Island Lake

    Happy National Bike Month! Do you have a favorite place to ride? Michigan is full of wonderful bicycling opportunities. Whether it is bicycling through paved trails in the parks, mountain biking across rugged terrain or planning a trip through one of the state parks or state forest pathways, there are unique opportunities for bicyclists of all ages, types and skill levels.

    About Biking

    Explore Michigan's must-see trails!

    Trails with sign

    Michigan’s stunning views, lakeside towns andhundreds of miles of scenic trails offer unique and unforgettable year-round vacation options located near a number of great trail towns. With more than 12,500 miles of trails, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as "The Trails State." Explore a number of travel packages, deals and discounts available through the DNR's travel partners.

    Plan Your Adventure

    Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Spotlight: Detroit Riverfront

    Milliken State Park and Harbor

    The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is celebrating 40 years of funding high quality public outdoor recreation projects for Michigan citizens and visitors! MNRTF has provided $49,468,000 in grants to Detroit for riverfront recreation. These grants have helped fund a number of riverfront land acquisition and development projects, including William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (pictured), Dequindre Cut Greenway and the Outdoor Adventure Center! These facilities help provide Detroit residents quality outdoor recreation close to home!

    About Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund

    Recycling in the Great Outdoors

    Recycle Michigan

    Michiganders return more than 90 percent of bottles and cans. This is an outstanding number, but did you know that returnables only make up two percent of waste generated in Michigan? 

    As a result, the DNR encourages visitors to recycle when camping, visiting a state park or hiking. When traveling, look for recycling facilities located in local communities or many of the state parks and harbors. It helps to bring a bag or container to store your recyclables until you can recycle. Help ensure that the places you love to visit stay beautiful for years to come.

    About Recycling
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  • Mon, May 09, 2016 8:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    May 9, 2016

    Amtrak Contact: Marc Magliari

    MDOT Contact: Michael Frezell



    Bicycles to be welcomed aboard
    Amtrak Pere Marquette trains

    Up to 16 bikes per train; reservations required

    WHAT: A media event and open house as Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announce an enhancement to Amtrak Pere Marquette trains, operating daily between Grand Rapids and Chicago. Amtrak passengers traveling can bring their bikes along for just $10 each way.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 11 (all times Eastern)
               10:00 a.m. Media availability opens                 
               10:15 a.m. Presentations
               10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Open house    

    WHERE: Vernon J. Ehlers Station, 440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503

    WHO: Peter Varga - The Rapid
             Derrick James - Amtrak
             Tim Hoeffner - Michigan Department of Transportation         
             Kerry Irons - Adventure Cycling Association
             Janet Korn - Experience Grand Rapids                       

    VISUALS: Passengers loading or unloading their bicycles into the baggage car/control unit

    MORE INFO: For the first time, passengers can travel with their bikes between Grand Rapids and Chicago, along with the stops in Holland and St. Joseph-Benton Harbor.


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    PHOTO ATTACHMENT: Bikes on-board the Amtrak baggage car/control unit.

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