Networks Northwest, formerly the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, has developed a regional non-motorized transportation plan and investment strategy for the 13 counties in northwest, lower Michigan. The counties include: Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Osceola, Lake, and Mason (NWMCOG's ten counties plus three).
The Michigan Department of Transportation commissioned the plan and uses it to prioritize the funding of projects. The guiding vision of this project is to connect existing trails, offering residents and visitors more opportunities for non-motorized transportation, and to enjoy more of the region's natural resources.
The project has gathered information on existing and future trails from each county, township, city and village parks and recreation commission, planning commission and staff, and board members. Subregional meetings have taken place with trail organizations, groups, and stakeholders to review the proposed trail maps for their input. The compiled maps have been presented to the public at subregional trail summits for input and prioritization.
The Regional Non-Motorized Transportation Plan and Strategy pertains to the 13 counties in northern, lower Michigan.
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