In Michigan, protecting our natural resources has always been something that transcends political affiliation. Every Michigander has fond memories of summers spent outside, whether at popular spots like the Sleeping Bear Dunes or a local playground.

Since the 1980s, the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) and the State Park Endowment Fund (SPEF) have helped pay for the upkeep and expansion of Michigan’s state lands, said Conan Smith, president and CEO of the Michigan Environmental Council; and this November, expansions to both of these constitutional amendments are on the ballot.

About the writer: Hope O'Dell is the eco-journalism intern for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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