ORV trail grant applications now available

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division recently announced that 2014-15 off-road vehicle trail grant applications are now available to public agencies and nonprofit incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available (from the ORV Trail Improvement Fund) for grants to maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes and use areas, repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use and develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas. Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.

"We currently have 33 dedicated trail sponsors that maintain more than 3,700 miles of state-designated ORV trails and routes statewide," said Steve Kubisiak, DNR ORV program manager. "We depend on these partnerships to maintain the trails, and encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us.”

Any public agency or nonprofit incorporated club or organization can obtain an application on the DNR website at michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Under the Available Grants category, select Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program, then Forms and Publications. Applications must be submitted by May 1.

Anyone with questions regarding the ORV trail grant program may contact Steve Kubisiak at (517) 284-6109.

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is a restricted fund, made possible by using 100 percent of ORV user fees to support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration, safety education and law enforcement.