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Trail survey will be valuable planning tool

October 18, 2012
The Mining Journal

There are some wonderful projects being carried out on the iron Ore Heritage Trail, thanks to a dedicated trail authority that has wisely used funds raised through a millage levy and grants.

There have been sections paved, signage and trailheads added.

When finished, the 48-mile trail will wind its way from Republic, through locations connected to the iron ore industry and end in Chocolay Township.

The route has been determined and much of the groundwork has been decided on, and now the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority wants to know what the people who use the trail and support it through their tax dollars want for the future.

That information is being gathered through a survey the authority is conducting that tracks what people use the trail for now and what they would like to see in the future.

Authority Executive Director Carol Fulsher said the opinions of trail users and taxpayers are being sought because the trail development is "the people's project."

She was referring to the fact that voters in the municipalities the trail runs through approved a millage request for the authority.

Hearing what is desired for the next phases of development of the trail will also help guide the types of grants the authority can pursue.

In addition to providing a wonderful recreational venue for residents of the area, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is also becoming a vital component of the ever-important tourist industry in the region.

And having as many people as possible offer their input into the development of the trail will help it evolve into a real jewel of the recreational offerings of the region.

A printable version of the survey is available on the authority's website at, while an online survey can be taken at

Copies are also available at the authority office at 337 W. Washington St. in Marquette, or by calling 235-2923.

The surveys are due by Friday, and we encourage everyone in the area to take the time to fill one out and return to the authority office.



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