PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor issued the following statement Wednesday evening, following an informational meeting with representatives of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and members of the public about a planned work project to surface sections of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park.
“I thank the DNR for agreeing to participate in tonight’s informational meeting with west Michigan residents on the department’s plan to surface sections of the White Pine Trail,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Inviting members of the public to come and hear a detailed presentation from the department, and to offer up questions of their own, was very beneficial and something that probably should have happened sooner. I believe it is important, when considering a project like this, to gather feedback from the people who use and maintain the trail.”
The project would surface trail sections with crushed limestone from LeRoy to Reed City and from Big Rapids to Sand Lake. The DNR agreed to temporarily delay the project at the request of MacGregor and area legislators who reached out to the department on behalf of concerned residents, requesting tonight’s meeting.
The 92-mile-long trail runs from Cadillac to Comstock Park and features natural ballast and hard packed gravel, with 13 miles of asphalt pavement from Reed City to Big Rapids and seven miles of asphalt pavement from Rockford to Belmont.
For more information about the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, visit the DNR website.