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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A bill authored by an Upper Michigan lawmaker that would allow municipal forestland acquired from the DNR to be used for recreational purposes as well as being managed for timber has been signed into law.
State Senator Tom Casperson developed the legislation after finding out as Ontonagon County was developing their county recreational plan, officials wanted to allow multi-use trails in county forests but found that state law did not allow trails on the county forestland that was obtained from the DNR.
Casperson says the measure ensures local communities can choose to allow recreation in their local forests as a way to promote their use. He adds the law will aid tourism in the region as it will lead to more recreational opportunities including multi-use trails for people to enjoy the outdoors.
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