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Grant Management 11/1/16
The Snowmobile & ORV Association (SORVA) of Alger County is proud to be the new grant holder for the Munising area snowmobile trails.
Last season they worked real hard at building a great team of area volunteers dedicated to providing the best riding possible.
The MI DNR has been working closely with SORVA of Alger County and the Munising Area Visitors Bureau (previous grant holder) to ensure a smooth transition.
This Grant Holder transition simplifies management of the four season trail systems for SORVA of Alger County and the Munising Area Visitors Bureau will continue to provide substantial financial support.
Projects currently in
As a Multi-use Trail Grant Sponsor, SORVA of Alger County is able to tap into both sides of trail grant funding, ORV and Snowmobile, to get larger amounts of restoration work done.
For 2017, in addition to the Grant funding for seasonal Grooming Operations, they have obtained five trail restoration grants totaling $72,500. The most involved project is $30,000 in Snowmobile Grant funds for restoration of Trail 419’s Frog Hollow including steel culverts, rock and gravel. Next is ORV Restoration Grant funding of $10,000 going into gravel and grading of Trail 7 from Christmas to Ridge Road and third is a ½ mile section of Trail 422 will be re-routed off of and around Timber Products Property, at their request.
Working closely with the DNR, DEQ and new Land Owners, they are expecting all three projects to be completed before the December 1 season start.
The remaining projects are ORV Restoration Grant funding to be used on the Marquette to Manistique ORV Trail (Trail 8) and incorporated next spring/summer. Of this, the fourth project is another $30,000 for gravel and grading from near Shingleton to the Doty Bridge. The fifth smaller project is a $2,500 for gravel and grading from the AuTrain River Bridge East a few hundred yards.
The serious safety issues of Frog Hollow, in conjunction with a land owner change, have forced this into the 2017/18 grant cycle. Provided Grant requests and permitting go properly the re-route is expected to be completed this time next year.
The Trail 419 connector between Munising and Wetmore is currently being finalized and close to approval with the County Road Commission and MDOT.
The Two-Hearted ORV trail is re-opened
Signage and trail repair are completed after damage from the Duck Lake fire discussed below. Logging is underway in the fire damaged areas so use caution when riding. Because of brush and grading the trail may be hard to see at times. Tree sections is those areas marked with orange paint will help in following the trail.
Duck Lake Fire Impacts Two-hearted Trail
A lightning strike started a wildfire in the area of the Two-Hearted trail system. Over 17,00 acres have burned as of 05/25/2012. Dry conditions, recent logging and thick jack pines are making for perfect fire fuel. The Rainbow Lodge and other structures have unfortunatley been lost.