LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A panel appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder is recommending ways to improve Michigan's state park system.
The 16-member group sent its findings to the governor Friday. The report calls for finding new funding sources for parks, including seeking bonding authority to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs.
It also proposes re-establishing the State Parks Foundation to accept private donations.
It recommends developing more regionally connected trail networks, establishing four or five "signature parks" to help revitalize core urban areas and stepping up marketing efforts.
The panel's membership included representatives of nature conservancies, trail groups, environmental advocates and recreation specialists.
Snyder said he appointed the panel to seek ways to help the park system adapt for growth and investment.
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