††††††††††† Senator Stamas offered the following resolution:

††††††††††† Senate Resolution No. 94.

††††††††††† A resolution recognizing September 23-30, 2017, as Michigan Trails Week.

††††††††††† Whereas, Michiganís wealth of trails provides an abundance of opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy our stateís spectacular natural resources; and

††††††††††† Whereas, Michigan is known as The Trails State because of the more than 12,500 miles of designated trails; and

††††††††††† Whereas, The Iron Belle Trail, stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula, is the longest state-designated trail in the nation; and

††††††††††† Whereas, Our stateís trail system plays a significant role in strengthening Michiganís economy and supporting thousands of jobs, primarily through small-business owners; and

††††††††††† Whereas, The stateís trail system provides residents with broad access to a low-cost, accessible and enjoyable way to improve health and reduce obesity, thereby decreasing health care costs; and

††††††††††† Whereas, Trail-related activities--including hiking, walking, snowmobiling, running, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, paddling and using off-road vehicles--are among the most popular and growing means of enjoying the outdoors; and

††††††††††† Whereas, The existence of quality trails helps to strengthen the appeal of communities by boosting quality-of-life amenities that attract businesses and increase property values; and

††††††††††† Whereas, Trails provide alternative, scenic transportation routes that help to decrease road congestion and pollution and also serve to connect communities to each other; and

††††††††††† Whereas, Michiganís rich network of trails throughout the Upper and Lower peninsulas provide residents and visitors with scenic spaces in which to explore nature, appreciate wildlife, experience solitude or enjoy time with family and friends; now, therefore, be it

††††††††††† Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize September 23-30, 2017, as Michigan Trails Week.