From the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to a harbor park in downtown Detroit, more than 1,600 public recreation facilities from rail trails to parks to fishing piers statewide have benefited from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, born of a unique alliance of government, environmental groups and the Michigan oil and gas industry in the mid-1970s serving as a solution to a seeming impasse.
Now the history of the MNRTF has been brought to life by a new book from retired Michigan Oil & Gas News magazine Managing Editor Jack R. Westbrook, who covered the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund from embryo to adulthood. In his “Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 1976-2011: A 35 year Michigan investment heritage in Michigan’s public recreation future”, Westbrook takes the reader on a tour of the places to play in Michigan's great outdoors made possible by this historic Fund, listing the projects in each county with general, and oil and gas, histories of their county home venues..
According to the new book, with 574 square miles Isabella County is 38tth largest county and 28th largest in population with 70,311 residents.
Isabella County has received $1,854,862 in 6Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants, ranking 33rd in number of grants received and 55th th in grant dollars awarded.
The 222 page soft-cover book, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund 1976-2011, published by Jack R. Westbrook ORSB Publishing and printed by Createspace.com, is available in bookstores now and at Amazon.com now. The book officially launched on the anniversary of Governor Milliken’s signing of the bill, with a book-based slide presentation by Westbrook at the Michigan Historical Museum and Library auditorium in Lansing on Saturday July 23, 2011
One of the last standing traditional oil derricks in the state with a sign declaring Mt. Pleasant – Oil Capital of Michigan” along US-127. The sign has now been converted to a Mt. Pleasant commercial promotional sign while the derricck still stands.
One of the last standing traditional oil derricks in the state with a sign declaring Mt. Pleasant – Oil Capital of Michigan” along US-127.