September 21, 2013 - September 28, 2013: Michigan Trails Week

WHEREAS, Michigan’s wealth of trails provides an abundance of opportunities for citizens and visitors to enjoy this state’s spectacular natural resources; and,


WHEREAS, 
Michigan is a leader in the nation in the number of designated miles of trails, and;


WHEREAS,
 the State’s trail system provides several billion dollars to the state’s economy, supporting thousands of jobs, primarily through small business owners; and,



WHEREAS,
 the State’s trail system provides a low cost means to improve an individual’s health, reduces obesity thereby reducing health care costs; and,


WHEREAS,
trail related activities, including hiking, walking, snowmobiling, running, biking, horseback riding, paddling, and using off-road vehicles are the most popular means of enjoying the out-of-doors, and these uses are expanding each year; and, 


WHEREAS,
trails help support communities’ quality of life by helping to attract knowledgeable workers and increase property values; and,


WHEREAS,
 trails provide alternative transportation routes decreasing road congestion and reducing pollution; and 


WHEREAS,
 Michigan’s wealth of trails also provides opportunities to experience solitude, have fun, or spend time with family and friends; and


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, 
to celebrate Michigan’s vast and varied network of trails and the opportunities provided by those trails, I declare September 21-28 as Michigan Trail Week