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November, 2019

Welcome to the Sunrise Coastal Trail Planning Project

The working title of this project is “Sunrise Coastal Trail”. This project will create a plan for a non-motorized trail which will connect existing trail systems in Alpena to the bicycle route portion of the Iron Belle Trail in Oscoda (proposed to be located along the AuSable River).

Next Steps

Updated November 12thWe are into the third and final stage of the Sunrise Coastal Trail Planning process and we are in need of feedback regarding management and maintenance of a future trail and have a short survey for you. At the beginning of the survey there is explanation on how trail development and management is done throughout the region to provide some background before the survey.

Survey is located here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SunriseCoastTrail2

We need your input and the survey won’t take long so please complete it as soon as possible; the survey will be open through the end of this week so get it done before hunting season 😊

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Project Goals

The project will result in the initial trail planning of approximately 45 miles of trail. Key tasks will include organizing a steering committee and working with that committee to determine a preliminary route, trail uses, and destinations along the trail, identify land acquisition and permission needs, identify potential obstacles, provide a rough estimate of cost, describe funding opportunities, and compiling a final trail plan document. The goal of the trail is to link communities to each other, regional trail systems, and parks and forestlands and to link people to their community and their environment.

Who's involved?

We are looking forward to all who are interested to be involved in this planning process. The communities in the general area of the potential trail are in the counties of Alpena, Alcona, and Iosco. The communities include Charter Township of Alpena, the townships of Ossineke, Sanborn, Alcona, Haynes, Harrisville, Greenbush, and Oscoda, as well as the city of Harrisville. 

The project is being facilitated by the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG). 

Want to get involved?

Please email us and let us know you'd like to be notified of the progress of this project and receive invites to surveys and meetings.