Grants: Land Use

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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.


Dow Diamond LED Light and Occupancy Sensor Additions

Jun 2013

This project, proposed by the nonprofit Michigan Baseball Foundation, includes the purchase and installation of new LED lights and occupancy sensors at Dow Diamond in Midland. Dow Diamond is the home of the Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball team. This effort is part of Dow Diamond’s effort to reduce energy use, water use, and waste by 50% by the year 2020. It is estimated that the project will cut down on energy usage by 2.8% yearly.

Potential Conservation Area Analysis for Genesse, Lapeer and Shiawasse Counties

Nov 2012

Using a science-based approach to identify “potention conservation areas”, the projected prioritized those important places in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties that, with proper management, will have their ecological integrity maintained. The primary audience for this project was conservation organizations, so that they can more effectively and efficiently identify and protect sites of imiportant ecological integrity. This project was an additional component of the previously WIN – funded GLSGreenlinks project.

Urban and Community Forestry / Saginaw Bay Watershed Region

Jun 2012

This project, developed by Global ReLeaf of Michigan, supports a growing a network of communities in the Saginaw Bay region that are focused on maintaining and establishing urban tree programs. This grant supports quarterly meetings for watershed communities, provision of technical assistance to communities, the utilization of native and local provenance trees for street tree replacement and park plantings, and the engagement of volunteers in tree inventories, tree boards, and tree plantings.

Flint River Priority Lands, Landowner Connection and Enrollment Program

Nov 2011

This project builds on previous WIN investments including the Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee Greenlinks Project and Metamora Horse Country Project. Fashioned after WIN-funded work at Little Forks Conservancy in 2004, this effort will target and map strategic lands in the upper Flint watershed that are most strategic for conservation. In addition, the program will develop that region’s first enrollment program (registry) of landowners interested in conservation, but not yet ready to commit to permanent conservation. This project also seeks to implement the “bioreserve” program, which will establish biological inventories on properties of willing landowners.

Place Based Blended Learning

Nov 2010

This project, sponsored by University of Michigan – Flint intends to fund the development of a series of on-line short courses focused on improving the capacity of schools (particular focus on urban schools) to conduct place-based education. Place-based education promotes learning that is rooted in local, unique history, environment, culture etc… that is in a student’s own place or immediate geographic location. This project is a part of an ongoing effort at U-M Flint that partners the university with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in a 10-year program to promote and address urban environmental stewardship needs. The online course will focus on sustainability – the relationship of the environment, community, and economy – and will offer continuing education credits through UM-Flint for successful completion of the courses.

Community Wood Use and Demonstration Project

May 2010

This project considers a demonstration / fundraising project related to the use of urban wood (forest management and tree removal primarily). Recognizing the increased infestation of the emerald ash borer and its effect on the ash tree stock, as well as the fact that communities continue to cut back significantly on forestry programs, this project proposed to use this wood – and other urban wood -for new purposes. Generally, urban wood is chipped. This project will show that the wood can be used for other purposes, some of which can be profitable and can self-support these efforts.

Bay-Zilwaukee Trail

Oct 2008

This project, sponsored by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, contemplates the acquisition of more than

six miles of abandoned railway for the purpose of providing a connection between current and proposed non
motorized/railtrail systems in Bay City and Saginaw. This WIN investment will be used as a match to
leverage approximately $200,000 that has been made available by the Michigan Department of
Transportation. This route has been identified as a critical link in the WIN funded “Vision of Green” report
that developed the plan for a three-county connected non-motorized link.

University Center Trail

Oct 2007

The project requested initial cash investment in a proposed non-motorized trail between Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University. This trail appeared as a priority in the Saginaw/Bay/Midland Greenways plan that was funded by WIN in 2005. The funding will match additional grants that are required for this $1.5 million non-motorized route.

Metamore Horse Country Project

May 2007

Located in parts of Lapeer and Oakland Counties, the Metamora “Horse Country” region encompasses approximately 60 square miles. This project implemented components of the GLS Greenlink Plan (funded in part by WIN) by protecting critical natural areas, agricultural land, and connection between them primarily by the use of conservation easements. This area is currently under development pressure by the metro Flint and Detroit areas. This project is unique because it focused on a distinct part of the community – horse owners- who also own a majority of the land available for conservation. This project funded forums, planning activities, outreach and education.

Genesee County Land Bank Clean and Green Program

May 2007

The Genesee County Land Bank (GCLB) assembles tax-reverted land for transfer to adjacent homeowners, develops long and short-term green spaces, and assembles land for new housing and commercial development. The objective is to restore the integrity of the community by removing dilapidated structures and redeveloping abandoned properties. The Land Bank encourages re-use of more than 4,000 residential, commercial, and industrial properties that it has acquired through the tax foreclosure process. The Clean and Green Program works with community groups to support the maintenance of these reverted properties and prepare them for productive use. The “adopt a lot” process provides small grants to established neighborhood groups to assist in the maintenance of these properties. WIN funding expanded this effort beyond simple maintenance and into innovative demonstration projects such as phytoremediation, vegetable gardens, rain gardens, tree nursery, and turf alternatives.