MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.
MTGA works at both the state and local levels by assisting public and private interest in trail and greenway planning, funding, development and maintenance. MTGA builds public support for trail and greenway development through events, membership, education, information and advocacy activities. There is tremendous growth of interest in and use of existing trails. Trails help connect people with nature, trails help children get to school safely, trails help more people get helpful exercise, trails bring families together and trails are good for our states economy.
What are greenways?
Greenways are typically long parks or natural areas that usually include a trail. Many times greenways will follow a river or are built on abandoned railroad property.
Local examples include the Detroit RiverWalk, Dequindre Cut, and Conner Creek Greenway. Sometimes streets are improved for biking and walking and these too can be called greenways.
And the “green” in greenways has two meanings. Greenways have many trees and plants along the trail which are the color green. Greenways are also “green” because they are good for the environment.
Michigan Trail Map -An updated January 2011 map of Michigan’s multi-use trails is now available. For a free copy of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Map and Directory send a self addressed stamped (.61 or 2 first class stamps) business envelope to: MTGA Trail Map, PO Box 27187, Lansing, MI 48909