Grants: Land Use

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Midland South Riverfront Restoration

Dec 2017

Proposed by the Michigan Baseball Foundation and its partner Momentum Midland, this project seeks support for improvements and restoration activities slated to occur at the former "4D Factory" brownfield site along the Tittabawassee River in Downtown Midland. An adjacent 25 acre site owned by The Dow Chemical company has recently been restored which included riverbank restoration and wetland remediation. Combined, these sites will include wetlands, prairie areas, river access, a fishing pier, as well as a wetland overlook and wetland boardwalk. The tow projects will connect 40 acres and will include nearly a mile of riverfront park. WIN funding is proposed to support, in part, the construction/creation of an 8' asphalt trail, boardwalk, river access and overlook.

Saginaw Bay Coastal Wildlands

Dec 2017

This projects begins the assembly and interpretation features of a consolidated nature preservation area and public access site(s) called the "Saginaw Bay Coastal Wildlands". This effort is a partnership between the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe that will consolidate and brand a collection of fragmented nature preserves owned and managed by the SBLC and SCIT. The project begins the development of a mostly contiguous, landscape-level coastal wildlife sanctuary and outdoor recreation destination surrounding the Saganing River delta that is found in northern Bay County / southern Arenac County along Saginaw Bay's coast. The overall project includes invasive species control, improved trailheads, wayfinding and interpretation, signage, outreach and long range joint management planning.

Cass River Corridor Pollinator Project

Dec 2017

Proposed by the City of Vassar, this project builds on the project recently funded by WIN and being administered by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy: Taking Root in Small Towns. That project is working with several communities across the region to help them better plan for development and conservation, as well as identify opportunities for green infrastructure, cost savings, and public access. This project, in particular, has identified unique parcels of property in Vassar (that were also identified through the community-wide "Vassar Vision" strategic planning exercise) that sit in the floodplain as a "high priority" for open space conservation and public access. Currently, these sites are subject to high maintenance activities by city staff (mowing & maintenance). This project proposes the conversion of these sites to pollinator gardens and interpretive sites, showing how lower-maintenance and native alternatives can be successful and economically feasible, while also providing wildlife habitat and reduce the management burden on local government.

Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum Outdoors and Energy Efficiency

Jun 2017

This two-part project seeks to increase energy efficiency at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum as well as support a new exhibit focusing on sustainability and the environment. First the project to upgrade lighting from CFL to LED lighting across the facility and parking areas is expected to save up to $35,000 in electrical costs over 10 years. This is a matching 1:1 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. An energy efficiency unit will also be developed at the museum. The second part of the project includes the development of an exhibit focusing on the outdoors and sustainability by providing hands-on learning opportunities that will teach about invasive species, nature observation, habitat issues, and related issues. A local planning team consisting of county parks, local conservancy, and WIN representatives have been providing advice on the exhibit elements. WIN support would specifically pay for lighting upgrades, magnifying table, and identification kiosk.

Lake Station Trailhead

Dec 2016

This project, located in Clare County's Garfield Township, is part of planned improvements in the community of Lake Station to improve access to and use of their networked trail system. This non-motorized trail, is part of the Pere-Marquette system, but does not provide some of the amenities found along other communities adjacent to the trail. Garfield Township is submitting a funding application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for $228,000 (it is worth noting that the entire yearly operating budget for the Township is $540,000)to complete improvements that will include amenities such as a pavilion, picnic tables, benches, restroom, bike racks and paved parking. The WIN request would support some of the specific amenities including bike racks, informational kiosk, and others. It is worth noting that based upon discussion at the task group; project organizers were put in touch with the Fish and Wildlife Service who will be helping them complete a pollinator site on the property.

Taking Root in Small Towns

Dec 2016

Based on the successful concept behind the WIN-funded "Taking Root in Saginaw" project, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy proposes a broad public engagement process that will culminate in the identification of four communities in the watershed where the SBLC (and partners) can focus their conservation work. SBLC believes that urban communities in the watershed are the least served by the work of conservationists, though those are usually the places where conservation can have the most immediate impact on the people who live there. The objective of the project, like that in Saginaw, will be to identify new project opportunities. Like the Saginaw project, the SBLC and its partners will make community engagement a centerpiece of the new effort, and develop a platform to begin longer-term, meaningful, within the communities that they serve. The primary deliverable of the grant will be a multi-part publication and a campaign effort that goes along with its production.

Access for All: Averill Universal Access Project

Dec 2016

The Averill Site – owned by the Little Forks Conservancy – is a riparian/river side area that was first identified for site conservation in the WIN-funded "Vision of Green" report. The site was a critical logging location during the lumber era, and provides important habitat value, as well as a unique view of the Tittabawassee River. WIN also, in 2006, supported the L&B Drain Restoration at the site, which was an award-winning restoration project using a constructed wetland on the site to filter runoff and pollutants from the drain before it reached the river. Today the property has been expanded to its current 72 acres. The objective of this new project is to increase access at the site, particularly for those who are mobility-challenged. The access project will incorporated a 1000 foot hard surface trail loop, a universally accessible viewing deck, installation of low barrier fencing, a natural playscape area, and interpretive panels.

Outdoor Urban Recreation Saginaw: A Pathway to Implementation.

Jun 2016

As a follow up to the WIN-funded "Taking Root in Saginaw" project that identified potential natural resource/community engagement projects in Saginaw, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy has raised additional support for implementation. They are approaching WIN to further capitalize funding for specific projects identified in that report. Specifically, this proposal seeks support for 3 projects including a nature play area/trail construction/outdoor classroom at the Children's Zoo, an interpretive nature trail/cross country running trail at SVSU, and a prairie restoration project at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. Further, a portion of the funds will support a trail plan and assessment of the feasibility of a single-track mountain bike trail at Saginaw Valley State University.

Flint Southwestern: Habitat Restoration and Green Infrastructure Implementation

Jun 2016

This project, proposed by University of Michigan Flint, builds upon the WIN-funded Genesee/Lapeer/Shiawassee Green Infrastructure Plan by coupling an on-the-ground demonstration project with a hands-on learning effort. This project proposes to improve an existing yet nonfunctional park site by adding elements of green infrastructure that will provide both wildlife habitat as well as serve as a site for water retention and filtering. The project will be tied into the placed-based learning program at the school, and it will be coordinated, monitored and used as a place for study by the staff and students of the school.

Managing Nutrients at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge through harvesting

Dec 2015

Seeking to answer an important question – "Wetland are known for their uptake of nutrients, but how do you remove those nutrients from the system?", this project, proposed by the Friends of the Shiawassee Refuge, will attempt to harvest cattails as part of a research program to answer that question. This project will harvest 20 acres of cattails, using a unique harvester, and will remove approximately 500 pounds of Phosphorus and 2,000 pounds of Nitrogen. These nutrients and approx 75 tons of biomass will be applied to adjacent agricultural fields. This will also improve habitat values at the refuge, and ties in with the WIN supported 940 acre Farm Unit 1 Restoration project. This pilot work seeks to determine the efficacy of using this program as an additional management option for this wetland complex and others that have high legacy nutrient conditions.

Beaverton Trail and Trailhead

Jun 2015

This project, located in Beaverton, is part of the planned Gladwin-Beaverton Trail system, and also contemplates a future nonmotorized connection to the Pere Marquette Trail in Coleman. This proposed grant will fund the development of a trailhead feature at Beaverton, as well as a boardwalk that will include fishing amenities at Ross Lake (an impoundment on the Tittabwassee river in Gladwin County. The boardwalk will include a fishing pier, interpretive signage, and information about the Gladwin-Beaverton trail system. The trailhead is proposed to include recycled asphalt, solar powered LED lighting, environmentally friendly stormwater management design, and recycled construction materials where available. This WIN grant will be used as match toward a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund application.

Seymour Trail

Jun 2015

This trail project was identified as a key regional connection in the WIN-funded Genesee-Lapeer-Shiawassee Greenlinks non-motorized strategy completed by the University of Michigan-Flint. Running between the City of Flushing and Flushing Township, the trail is part of the long range plan to connect the City of Flushing, with the City of Swartz Creek and City of Montrose. The proposed trail is approximately 3500 feet long and will include some tree clearing, a pedestrian bridge over Cole Creek (a tributary of the Flint River) and a 10 foot wide asphalt path. This trail will provide connection to Flushing's downtown area, as well as connect to an additional section of the nonmotorized system that follows the Flit River and ends at the Flushing County Park, which is part of the Genesee County Park System. This proposal will match a larger grant proposed from the Michigan Department of Transportation.