State needs land plan

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced that the state would develop a strategy to evaluate the approach to manage Michigan's public land holdings.
Dec 19, 2012

While details of the plan are far from finalized, we feel this is a responsible action by the governor to maximize the nearly 4.6 million acres of forests, parks and open spaces that supports the economy and provides outdoor recreation for millions annually. 

Most of this land was acquired in piecemeal fashion over the last century from private owners because of failure to pay taxes.

The state has done a good job of protecting and preserving these abundant natural resources, but little thought has been given to what is owned, what should be owned and why. 

A detailed plan to create environmental protection and economic development objectives will benefit both the private and public sector. To continue to acquire land with little or no consideration given to what to do with it benefits no one, and that needs to change.

Regardless of the final outcome, special-interest groups will find reason to object to these plans and further delay this process. We encourage these groups to work together with an open mind to the betterment of the overall cause of providing greater opportunity for the state and the people.

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