DNR awards $695,500 in Land
and Water Conservation Fund grants
to support local communities' park improvements
Department of Natural Resources today announced that 10
community parks and recreation facilities across the state
will share $695,500 in Land and Water Conservation Fund
(LWCF) grants. The federal LWCF program, administered in
Michigan by the DNR, supports cities, counties and townships
in their efforts to provide better public outdoor recreation
opportunities for their residents.
The LWCF grants have been awarded to:
Portsmouth Charter Township
New Buffalo Township
The full list of award recipients, grant amounts and
descriptions of their projects are available at
click on Land and Water Conservation Fund.
"The DNR is proud to partner with these communities by
providing grants for these excellent projects," said
Steve DeBrabander, DNR Grants Management section
supervisor. "Public outdoor recreation promotes healthy
lifestyles and helps these communities create a sense of
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal
program administered in Michigan by the Department of
Natural Resources on behalf of the National Park Service
(NPS). The DNR uses LWCF funding to help develop public
outdoor recreation facilities and to provide matching
grants for local governments to do the same. The LWCF is
supported by revenues from federal gas and oil
development from the outer continental shelf. Following
congressional appropriation, LWCF monies are apportioned
to the states by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior each
fiscal year in accordance with the apportionment formula
contained in the LWCF Act.
Application materials for future Land and Water
Conservation Fund grants will soon be available at
by calling 517-373-9125, or by writing to the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources, Grants Management, P.O.
Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909-7925.
View photos of state park campsites before
Beginning Nov. 3, state park campers who make reservations
on the new, improved central reservation system (CRS)
website, administered by the Department of Natural Resources
(DNR), can view one or more photos of each campsite prior to
making their reservations.
"With the existing reservation system website, customers
read descriptive text about the campsite to determine if
it's sunny, shady, flat or elevated," said Christa
Sturtevant-Good, DNR central reservation system liaison.
"While text descriptions will remain, altered slightly to an
easier-to-read format, campers can also look at between one
to three photos of every site, and then visually decide if
that campsite has all the features they're looking for."
The photos will be shown as smaller thumbnail images which,
when clicked on, open to a larger size in a new window.
"In this way, viewers can see the site up close," said Anna
Sylvester, DNR Parks and Recreation field operations chief
for northern Michigan. "Often campers wonder where the fire
pit or electrical box is located on the site, but they can't
tell this just by reading text. These features are shown in
most photos, allowing campers to determine if the location
of campsite elements will meet their camping needs."
The addition of campsite and lodging photos is a
customer-driven enhancement made available through the new
CRS provider, Camis USA, Inc., which has a call center in
Ann Arbor, Mich., and servers in Southfield, Mich. The new
reservation system becomes active in early November, with
important transitions taking place as the activation
During the transition phase to the new CRS, customers can
continue to make reservations through Oct. 30 using the call
center. The phone number, 1-800-44-PARKS, will remain
unchanged. Reservations through the website,
www.midnrreservations.com, will be possible until Oct.
22 at 8 p.m., when the website will taken down to begin the
transition process to the new website. The address will not
Important transition dates include:
Oct. 22-31: Website reservations cannot be made. The call
center will remain active through Oct. 30, taking
reservations for dates through Oct. 31, 2013.
Oct. 25: The new reservation website goes live.
Although reservations cannot yet be made on the website,
customer profiles can be created and viewers can
navigate the site to create familiarity.
Oct. 31: Reservations cannot be made. State parks can
register walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nov. 1: The new CRS system, both the website and the
call center, opens to state park lodging, which
typically has a one-year reservation window (camper
cabins, mini-cabins, rustic cabins, yurts and modern
lodges). Reservations for these facilities can now be
made for dates after Oct. 31, 2013. >From Nov. 1-2,
campsites and slips are not reservable. During this
time, campsites and slips are available at the facility
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nov. 3: The system opens to facilities with a
six-month reservation window. These include campsites at
state parks and select state forest campgrounds and
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is
committed to the conservation, protection, management,
use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural
resources for current and future generations. For more
information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Kathy Salvatore ~ Publisher