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Grant funds map signage

January 3, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

ONTONAGON - A new map produced by the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment and the Western Upper Peninsula Development and Planning Region will reflect a number of new signs thanks to a grant.

Skip Schulz, president of Mi-TRALE, said the organization is working on a new map that will be released early this year.

The new map, which Schulz said will be popular among businesses and users, will have markings of the new trails and new signage as well.

Yamaha Motor Corporation provided Mi-TRALE with a $10,000 grant to help produce and print this map, as well as help Mi-TRALE with the expenses in putting up many ORV trail signs on the new trails, Schulz said.

"We cannot thank Yamaha enough for their help," he said.

The plan is to put up trail signs so the riders know where to go, which is vital, Schulz said. Without the signage, the riders wouldn't know where to go to find help, lodging and food.

"We can establish what is called preferred routes," he said.

Preferred routes are marked on the map but are actually county roads used to connect from one trail to another. The new maps will reflect the new signage and will mark what is considered a trail and what is considered a preferred route.

"The map and the signage together makes it easy for tourists to go from Point A to Point B," he said.



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