Cross Village Township


Readmond Township


Friendship Township


West Traverse Township


Emmet County Lakeshore Association


Michigan Department of Transportation

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Emmet County

Little Traverse Conservancy



Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee is:


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 Office of Planning, Zoning, and Ordinance Enforcement, and the Michigan Department of Transportation are active partners in the Committee’s activities.

The objectives of the committee, as defined by the corridor’s management plan include: 

  • To promote protection and preservation of the current state of the corridor.
  • To assess existing community plans and regulations to ensure effective implementation of the goals and projects listed in the management plan.
  • To promote enhancement projects restoring character and showing the history of the route.
  • To unite the linear community through Heritage Route management.

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 route. The goal of the M-119 Heritage Route Committee in 2002 was to develop a management plan that best reflected the interests of the community. The M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route was designated in 2003.

Because of the “Tunnel of Trees” and other scenic attributes and the inherent beauty displayed along the designated highway of M-119, the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee continues to work to ensure the residents of Emmet County that this Heritage Route will maintain the pastoral character of this region of the County and will be managed in a manner that protects the “Tunnel of Trees”. M-119 is the only state highway in Emmet County and the only state road in Michigan without a center line.


Aerial Photography Inventory - 2011

Corridor Management Plan 2013 Update

M119 Tree Health Assessment 2017



This page last updated on 10/13/2017.
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