Michigan Department of Natural Resource
Equine Trailways Subcommittee Update
Equine Trailways Subcommittee: EQ NewsNote # 3
The Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan
August 13, 2013
Dear Equestrian Trail Riding Association Leader:
Please share the following information with your members about the availability and importance of the Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan that includes equine trail and facilities recommendations.
The laws that created the ETS also established the Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council (MSTAC) comprised of both motorized and nonmotorized recreation representatives. The same laws required the ETS prepare an equine trail plan in 2011, which then became input into the more comprehensive Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council trail plan.
View the 2011 Recommendations Report of the Equine Trailways Subcommittee
View the MSTAC Michigan Comprehensive Trails Plan
Appendix 5 in the MSTAC’s Michigan Comprehensive Trail Plan has the ETS recommendations for equine trails and facilities. These recommendations are summarized in Chapter 4 as well. Five-year goals related to the equestrian trail system were identified:
•Complete a comprehensive EQ trail and facilities inventory
•Improve and expand DNR EQ trails and facilities
•Promote EQ trails and facilities to users and busineses
•Collaborate with partners and governmental agencies to improve communications, expand riding opportunities and to maintain trails and facilities
•Identify and pursue stable funding to develop and maintain equine facilities
•Develop a conflict resolution process
While the Comprehensive Trail Plan makes it clear that there has been much accomplished with respect to the state trails network, significant opportunities and challenges remain. One of these is the challenge of managing and maintaining the network of trails due to existing funding constraints. The next steps are to move toward development of an implementation plan of priorities, funding, and scheduling.
This Trail Plan is an important step in assuring the growth and sustainability of equine recreation trails. All trail groups should familiarize themselves with the Trail plan, particularly the equine portions since this document will be influencing DNR choices in the years to come. It is good to be at this point with a legally mandated plan document for guidance.
Sandra Batie, Chair of the ETS