• Iron Belle Trail Fund Campaign

    The Iron Belle Trail Fund Campaign is a major fund-raising effort to create a seamless, 2,000-mile trail – with two distinct routes, one for bicycling and one for hiking – that connects Michigan from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. The fund campaign aims to raise $135 million in private funds to support the work necessary to finish the trail, which currently is 70 percent completed.

    Board of Directors

    • Peaches McCahill - The McCahill Group (Chair)
    • Tom Bailey - Little Traverse Conservancy
    • Larry Brinker, Jr.  -  Brinker Group
    • Julie Clark, T.A.R.T. Trails
    • Glen Chown - Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
    • Amy Ghannam - Michigan Fitness Foundation
    • Jeff Hardcastle - Hardwood Solutions Inc.
    • Robert L. Hughes -  Advantage Benefits Group
    • Chris MacInnes - Crystal Mountain
    • Peter Remington - The Remington Group
    • Craig Sharp, Merrill Lynch

    Key Staff

    • Steve DeBrabander - Executive Director
    • Peter Remington - Fundraising Team
    • Justin Remington - Fundraising Team
    • Kate Cahill - Fundraising Team
    • Madeline Wyatt - Fundraising Team

    For more information

    Interested in partnering with the campaign to support the Iron Belle Trail? Contact the campaign’s executive director, Steve DeBrabander, at 517-285-4096 or steve.ibtf@gmail.com.

  • Major campaign volunteers

    • Linda Apsey, ITC Holdings Corp (Novi)
    • Rick DeVos, Wakestream Ventures (Grand Rapids)
    • Sam Cummings, CWD Real Estate Investment (Grand Rapids)
    • Steve Hamp, Hamp Advisors (Ann Arbor)
    • Bill Rustem, Retired (Williamston)
    • Tom Woiwode, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Detroit)

Grant History

The Iron Belle Trail Fund provides grants to various trail entities for land acquisition, trail construction, trail planning and trail engineering. See below for a history of grants issued by the Iron Belle Trail Fund. You can also view where these grants have been awarded on map.