Cross Village Township
West Traverse Township
Emmet County Lakeshore Association
Recognizing the unique value of M-119 and the area surrounding the roadway, the M-119 Heritage Route Management Plan will strive to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural, scenic, and cultural character of the M-119 Heritage Route.
The M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the scenic, cultural, natural, and historic characteristics of the M-119 corridor through Friendship, Readmond, West Traverse, and
Goals and Objectives
Official discussion regarding M-119’s preservation was initiated in 1990, when a roadside survey was conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to determine the origins and destinations of the travelers using M-119. In 1992, MDOT contracted with the Little Traverse Conservancy, a local land protection agency, to conduct a scenic inventory of the roadway. This information was utilized by local citizens in the early discussions of the roadway’s preservation and management as a heritage. The M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route was designated in 2003. M-119 is the only State highway with no shoulders or a center line.
M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee Meetings
The second Tuesday in the months of January, April, May, June, July, August, September and October at 9:30 am at various locations. Please note the meeting announcements on the main webpage.