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Marquette, MI — A draft of the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority’s new 5-Year Recreation Plan is now available for public inspection and comment.  The Recreation Authority was established in May 2007 to create, maintain and operate the year round, multi-use, interpretive 47-mile Iron Ore Heritage Trail stretching across the Marquette Iron Range from Republic Township to Chocolay Township. 

Member communities include Chocolay Charter Township, City of Marquette, Marquette Charter Township, Negaunee Township, City of Negaunee, City of Ishpeming, Tilden Township and Republic Township.

“This new recreation plan will help provide a road map for the Authority for the next five years,” according to Jim Thomas, Chair of the Authority. “We have surveyed trail users and citizens at large and have incorporated their wishes into the plan.  Now we want to move forward and pursue appropriate grant funds to help pay for any improvements.”

The draft plan is available at the member municipal offices and at public libraries, including the Peter White Library, the Ishpeming Carnegie Library and Negaunee Library.

Citizens can submit their comments by contacting the Recreation Authority at 906-235-2923, ironoreheritage@gmail.com or at102 W. Washington Street #232, Marquette.  A public hearing will be held on January 24, 2018 to adopt the Recreation Plan.