A Note from the Governor

Dear Friend,

Happy Fall! Amid crunchy leaves and crisp air, Michiganders are getting ready for a cozy, festive fall filled with apple picking, pumpkin patches, and outdoor fun. Whether you are exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or enjoying a campfire in your backyard, there are endless ways to enjoy a Pure Michigan fall.

Throughout my time as governor, I’ve worked across the aisle to make record investments in Michigan’s outdoors so that these cherished pastimes can continue for generations:

  • Signed the Building Michigan Together Plan investing $450 million in state and local parks, the single largest investment in parks and public lands in Michigan history.
  • Funded development of a state park in Genesee County, so all 83 Michigan counties have a state park.
  • Increased pay for DNR officers.
  • Launched the MI Healthy Climate Corps to train the next generation of climate leaders.

President Biden also officially launched the American Climate Corps to prepare young Americans for jobs in clean energy and climate resilience.

These investments are major wins for Michiganders of all ages and abilities. As the first day of fall officially approaches, and scenic hikes become an activity of choice, I’m excited to recognize Trails Week in Michigan. Our state’s rich network of more than 13,400 miles of trails throughout the Upper and Lower peninsulas are havens for Michiganders, providing space for nature and wildlife appreciation, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and so much more.

I urge all residents to show their support and acknowledge their contributions to our state by purchasing locally grown Michigan produce.

To find ways to spend your fall, check out Michigan.gov/DNRcalendar for a list of events happening all around the state.

This time provides an opportunity for Michiganders to take pride in our state’s natural beauty and thriving agricultural industry. Each state park is an important pillar in its community because it supports local businesses, creates and supports jobs, and gives people beautiful, welcoming places to make memories. I will continue to invest in our parks, recreation and public lands so future generations can enjoy everything that Pure Michigan has to offer.


A Letter from Governor Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer

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