The Michigan Conservation Trail commemorates and promotes awareness of the State’s conservation history, making it vivid and meaningful to citizens and tourists.
The Trail is a series of linked historic sites and associated promotional and educational materials. When complete, it will include 10 new State historical markers on key events and people, brief biographies of Michigan’s conservation pioneers, photos and images illustrating landmarks and turning points in the State’s conservation history, interactive features, and an annual observance of Michigan’s conservation heritage.
The final phase of the project will publicize some dozen other existing but little-known State historical markers on environmental and conservation landmarks.
Although start-up funding enabled a launch that included the first three markers — on the Detroit River Recovery (Trenton), the Kirtland’s Warbler (I-75 rest area near Grayling), and Genevieve Gillette (near the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore) — seven remain to be funded. Funding is also needed for material to publicize the Trail both in print and online.
A total of $50,000 is required for the seven remaining markers along with print brochures, web-based resources, and other related media to educate Michigan citizens and visitors of all ages.