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Week-long celebration of Michigan trails begins

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Pure Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed the week beginning Saturday as Trails Week in Michigan to celebrate the state's more than 12,000 miles of trails and waterways.

The state Department of Natural Resources is teaming with local communities and organizations to host related events and volunteer opportunities.

The observance ends Sept. 27, when Recreation Passports and vehicle entry fees will be waived at state parks and recreation areas to honor National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest volunteer cleanup day.

Snyder signed legislation earlier this year designating the "Pure Michigan Trail Network." The designation supports statewide development of existing trails and waterways, allowing the DNR director to name Pure Michigan Trails, Waterways and Trail Towns with approval of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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