Rep. Bruce Rendon to Host Town Hall Discussing Trust Fund

State Representative Bruce Rendon (R – Lake City) will host a town hall meeting to discuss the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and other natural resources issues on July 22nd. The meeting will start at 5:30 at Gerrish Township Hall – 2997 E. Higgins Lake Dr. in Roscommon.

Representative Rendon’s special guest for the meeting will be the chair of the House Natural Resources committee, State Representative Andrea LaFontaine (R – Richmond).

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is a funding source derived from the royalties paid on mineral extractions on public land. The Trust Fund has funded – to the tune of nearly $1 billion – the purchase of land and the development of outdoor recreation areas in every Michigan county since the late 1970s.

Along with assisting in the creation of the Trust Fund, MUCC and its members have been important allies and advocates in ensuring that the Trust Fund money has been used for its intended purposes – and not a legislative slush fund.

MUCC members and outdoor enthusiasts in the area are encouraged to attend to share their insights on the importance of the Trust Fund to outdoor recreation in Michigan, and have their natural resources policy questions answered by the legislators.

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  • luckless

    Looks like the DNR is flush with trust fund money. Guess they don’t need that tax increase after all.

    • Amy Trotter

      While we realize that you are against the license fee restructuring for what ever reason, let’s not confuse anyone. That is not correct at all, the Trust Fund provides money from oil and gas royalties to purchase land or fund recreational asset development to both local and state government, the bulk actually going to local units of government. None of this money is allowed to be used for fisheries and wildlife, which is funded by the hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.

  • Mickeyddd

    Absolutely agree with Amy. Think the P-R programs accomplishments in Michigan X 10,20, etc. Any time you use public land in Michigan or go to a State Park, you most likely are on or very near, critical MNRTF purchases. I have lots of time on the TF so it might be unfair , but, name a local park, State Park, or Recreation Area and I can ,from memory mostly, tell you about the nearest MNRTF project….Try it….