Members:

 

Cross Village Township

231-526-0182

Readmond Township

231-242-0600

Friendship Township

231-526-6410

West Traverse Township

231-526-7361

Emmet County Lakeshore Association

ecla@emmetcountylakeshore.org


Partners:

 

Michigan Department of Transportation

 

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

 

Emmet County

 

Little Traverse Conservancy


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Mission Statement

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 Cross Village Townships. The Committee is made up of representatives from four townships and the Emmet County Lakeshore Association. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, the Emmet County Planning, Zoning, and Construction Resources, and the Michigan Department of Transportation are active partners in the Committee’s activities.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote Preservation and Conservation of the Tunnel of Trees for Balanced Growth and Development
  • Promote Wise Land Use Development
  • Prevent Intrusions to the Scenic Character
  • Balance Roadside Safety with Aesthetics
  • Promote Appropriate Use of the Corridor and Alternative Routes
  • Education

History

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.

 

Aerial Photography Inventory - 2011

Corridor Management Plan 2018 Update

Corridor Management Plan 2013 Update

M-119 Tree Health Assessment 2017

 

 

This page last updated on 12/7/2018.
 
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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.