Grants: Land Use

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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.

Gladwin County Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail

Dec 2014

This Gladwin County Trails Recreation Authority proposes to begin the construction of a system of convenient and safe pedestrian and bicycle pathways for the county that will ultimately interconnect with other local, county, and state trailways. The proposed trail will connect the City of Gladwin at its South City Park upper campground and traverse the Cedar River corridor south to the Ross Lake portage site in Beaverton. The trail is proposed to continue on to the south from there and to connect with the Pere Marquette Rail Trail near Coleman. Additional access to the Cedar River, a regional priority for conservation, is also included,

​Taking Root in Saginaw - Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy

Jun 2014

Taking Root in Saginaw – This project, proposed by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy (SBLC), seeks to build appreciation for nature in the urban Saginaw area. Working with partners, SBLC will analyze land use in the city, with particular focus on areas where wildlife might be moving through, and assess how nature access is being made available to the community and how it could be used to improve and enhance the community. The goal is to help SBLC build a deeper presence in this urban area, with a focus on the determination of where conservation will be most valuable for people and nature itself. The project focuses heavily on community engagement through meetings, forums and partnership development. The key tasks include a (1) city-wide natural lands study, (2) community connections study, (3) conservation potential site report, (3) community engagement program, and (4) a final report and distribution.


Mid-Michigan Community Pathway Project, Shepherd, MI

Jun 2014

Mid-Michigan Community Pathway Project – Part of a coordinated effort that will connect the Pere Marquette system with both the Great Lakes Bay Trail (a past WIN investment) and the Fred Meijer Trail, the Mid-Michigan Community Pathway is requesting WIN support to match a pending Michigan Department of Transportation Grant (MDOT) to connect the Village of Shepherd and the City of Mt. Pleasant. The proposed WIN funding will be specifically designated for a bridge system, scenic overlook and interpretive signage that will traverse a wetland area along the path. This path is proposed to be approximately 6.8 miles long.

Birch Run Trolley Line Trail North

Dec 2013

This non-motorized trail construction project will connect the communities of Clio and Birch Run as part of a regional plan for trail connectivity. This project was identified as a primary connection in both the Saginaw Bay Greenways and Nonmotorized Transportation plan as well as the Genesee-Lapeer-Shiawassee plan, both funded by Saginaw Bay WIN. The trail will connect the Birch Run shopping area (one of Michigan’s primary tourist/retail sites, with other community assets. The WIN funding will match a grant to be provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation. WIN support will pay for benches and plantings along the trail.

Freeland M-47 Pathway

Dec 2013

This project contemplates WIN support for the construction of a non-motorized path along M47 in Tittabawassee Township. This route has been identified as primary connection link in the Saginaw-Bay-Midland Vision of Green Plan (funded by WIN) and also a priority connector by the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail plan. WIN funding, along with other community contributions, will match a Michigan Department of Transportation Grant. This project will occur along with an additional trail project in Kochville Township, connecting the larger Saginaw County trail system to the M-47 Pathway.


Delta College Sustainability Center

Dec 2013

This project supports a rehabilitated facility to be used as the Delta College Sustainability Center. This project will demonstrate the efficiency of reusing an existing building, upgrading its energy efficiency, and using it to serve as a formal and informal educational facility about sustainability, as well as a meeting space and potentially a lab space. WIN funding will support solar array racks, solar hot water heater, siding, trim, windows and signage.

Pump House Overlook at Midland’s Emerson Park

Dec 2013

This project will re-purpose an abandoned water intake pump house located at Emerson Park along the Tittabawassee River in the Cit of Midland, into a river overlook, program space, and interpretive education station that will discuss the City’s early water system as well as the ecology of the river and surrounding area. The project will reuse the facility and provide an innovative overlook at the river unlike any other in Midland County. WIN funding will be used to match a state grant.

Pump House Overlook at Midland’s Emerson Park

Dec 2013

This project will re-purpose an abandoned water intake pump house located at Emerson Park along the Tittabawassee River in the Cit of Midland, into a river overlook, program space, and interpretive education station that will discuss the City’s early water system as well as the ecology of the river and surrounding area. The project will reuse the facility and provide an innovative overlook at the river unlike any other in Midland County. WIN funding will be used to match a state grant.

Low Maintenance Greening Demonstration Project

Jun 2013

The Geneseee County Land Bank Authority aims to test low maintenance plantings at various sites in the City of Flint. The project supports research into different plantings that concentrate a “low” growth plants that can be used at commercial and residential settings. The objective is to establish plant types that do not require maintenance and are pleasing to the public to eliminate the cost of mowing and more intensive and expensive management.