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Conservation Easement Statutes
Michigan Compiled Laws §324.2140 et seq. provide for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program
The Department of Agriculture administers the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.  The program offers several options intended to assist landowners who wish to voluntarily preserve farmland and open space, including:

•  Farmland development rights agreements
•  Conservation easement donations
•  Agricultural preservation fund
•  Open space easements
•  Purchase of development rights

Contact: 
Farmland Preservation Program (formerly PA 116)
Jarrod Thelen  
thelenj17@michigan.gov

Agricultural Preservation Fund / Conservation Easement Donations
Elizabeth Juras  
jurase@michigan.gov

Mr. Richard Harlow, Program Manager
Michigan Department of Agriculture
(517) 373-3328
harlowr@michigan.gov

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Forest Legacy Program
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources administers the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is intended to protect forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases.

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Natural Resources Trust Fund
The Natural Resources Trust Fund has been in place since 1976. It provides financial assistance to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase land or rights in land for public recreation or protection of land because of its environmental importance or its scenic beauty.  It also assists in the appropriate development of land for public outdoor recreation.

The Fund is supported by annual revenues from oil and gas lease revenues.  The majority of funding is allocated for acquisition projects as by law, no more than 25% of the Fund revenues available for appropriation each year can be used for development purposes.

Contact: 
Steve DeBrabander 
Grants Management
Department of Natural Resources 
 517-241-3687
 debrabanders@michigan.gov

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Planning Enabling Act
The Planning Enabling Act (Act 33 of 2008) allows a local unit of government to adopt, amend, and implement a master plan and to adopt an ordinance creating a planning commission. 

Public Act 134 of 2010 requires that a master plan shall address land use and infrastructure issues and may project 20 years or more into the future. The Act also requires that a master plan shall also a land use plan that consists in part of a classification and allocation of land for agriculture, residences, commerce, industry, recreation, ways and grounds, public buildings, schools, soil conservation, forests, woodlots, open space, wildlife refuges, and other uses and purposes. 

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State Contact Information

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs oversees the military components and veterans services within the State. It includes the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Contact:
Assistant Adjutant General - Installations
Brigadier General Michael A. Stone
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
3411 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906
517-481-8082
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Military Liaison POC
Mr. Steve Kozera, Legislative Liaison 
Office of the Adjutant General
2500 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, Michigan  48913-5101
(517) 481-8072
(517) 482-0356 fax

Adjutant General
MG Gregory Vadnais
The Adjutant General of Michigan
2500 South Washington Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48913-5101
(517) 483-5507
(517) 482-0356 fax
gregory.vadnais@us.army.mil

Assistant Adjutant General - Installations
Brigadier General Michael A. Stone
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
3411 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906
517-481-8082

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The committees of primary jurisdiction over military issues in Michigan are the Senate Committee on Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs and the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security
Senator John Moolenaar, Chair
715 Farnum Building
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7536 
(517) 373-7946
(517) 373-2678
senmoolenaar@senate.michigan.gov

Committee Clerk
(517) 373-5323
tmosesso@senate.michigan.gov 

House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs 
Representative Jim Stamas, Chair
153 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909 
(517) 373-1791
JimStamas@house.mi.gov

Committee Clerk: Rachel Meade
517-373-2002
rmeade@house.mi.gov