Farmers raise concerns over proposed bike trail connector

Dave Lein, Editor

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More than 20 farmers and landowners nearly filled Milton Township Hall last Thursday morning to discuss concerns with TART Trails’ representatives Julie Clark and Chris Kushman regarding a proposed non-motorized bike trail connecting Acme to Charlevoix.

KEWADIN – The path toward building a non-motorized bike trail connecting Acme to Charlevoix will be paved with good intentions, but landowners and farmers along the proposed route have concerns about how that project could affect their livelihood.

Hearing those concerns was the intent behind a special public input session, held last Thursday morning at the Milton Township Hall in Kewadin. About 25 landowners, farmers and others with ties to local agriculture nearly filled the hall and were eager to offer their sentiments.

On hand to facilitate the session were TART Trails Executive Director Julie Clark and TART’s Planning and Management Director Chris Kushman.

Before offering a history of the proposed trail and its progress to date, Clark noted that “This is not a TART trail; it’s a community trail.” She went on to explain that the concept of a trail connecting the eastern end of the existing TART trail in Acme with the Little Traverse Wheelway Trail in Charlevoix – leading to the rest of the Northern Lower Peninsula Trail network – is not a new concept.

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