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ADVOCACY
A Michigan park
stretches along the
Detroit River.
A Three-Pronged Approach to
the Success of Michigan's Parks
By Tina Nowakowski
I
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f the past two years have taught us anything, it is that nobody can succeed
on their own, and the success of parks and recreation is certainly not
exempt. In 2020, Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks)
joined forces with a broad and diverse coalition of like-minded nonprofits,
private-sector organizations and municipalities to tackle their biggest advocacy
effort to date - Proposal 1: Vote Yes for MI Water, Wildlife and Parks.
The proposal, which appeared on
a contentious November 2020 ballot,
expanded the work of the Michigan
Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF)
and helped protect the state's
drinking water sources, wildlife habitats
and parks for the future. The
amendment sought to safeguard a
constitutionally protected revenue
source for conservation and recreation
efforts for future generations,
insulating it from partisan gridlock.
" We are so lucky that more than
40 years ago, our advocates had the
forethought to create [the MNRTF]
program to protect Michigan's lands
and waters, " says Clay Summers,
executive director of mParks.
MNRTF serves as a key funding
source for Michigan's park and
recreation agencies, allocating more
than $1 billion from oil and mineral
royalties to protect the state's natural
resources and to develop outdoor
recreation opportunities for residents.
Grassroots Efforts
mParks members were pivotal to the
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success of Proposal 1. While park
and recreation departments were
unable to encourage their communities
to vote for Proposal 1, they
stood up to tell the importance of
the MNRTF. More than 20 municipalities
in Michigan adopted resolutions
endorsing the ballot proposal.
Partner Organizations
The Nature Conservancy, Michigan
United Conservation Clubs,
Heart of the Lakes, Michigan Environmental
Council, Michigan
Trails and Greenways Alliance, and
mParks spearheaded the efforts in
support of Proposal 1.
Together, these organizations created
branding, messaging and ballot
language;
gathered
endorsements,
sponsorships and worked to get press

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