Preserving MichiganHow Michigan turned $1 billion in oil and gas revenue into conservation with the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund


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Feature Story The Kruithoff family works on their Ottawa County farm, planting a test plot of different varieties of soybeans for a seed company.

Ottawa County program preserves farmland for future generations


Feature Story Once the Grand River Greenway is complete, the public can explore this 30-mile pathway and the many spectacular parks along the way — by foot, bike, or kayak. 

Foundation raising money to expand, improve Ottawa County parks


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Making Michigan’s outdoors accessible to all


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Travel by water trail


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How Michigan became a land of trails


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