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Posted on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 : 3:14 p.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Ann Arbor's Brad Canale to Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board

By Ryan J. Stanton

Ann Arbor's Brad Canale has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board.

The five-member board doles out tens of millions of dollars annually to local communities for development of outdoor recreation amenities and purchases of land for public recreation.


Rick Snyder

"Brad brings decades of leadership experience to this post, and I am confident he will do great work to enhance Michigan's public recreational land resources," Snyder said.

Canale is executive director of advancement for the University of Michigan's College of Engineering, where he was worked for 30 years. He previously served as the college's campaign director and director of development.

He gave the maximum allowed $3,400 donation to Snyder when he was running in the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2010.

Canale will serve a four-year term that expires Oct. 1, 2016, and his appointment is subject to the consent of the Senate. He replaces Frank Torre of Pontiac.

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County came out big winners last December with nearly $3.5 million in DNR Trust Fund dollars going to five projects, including $300,000 for the Ann Arbor Skatepark and $300,000 for improvements to the Gallup Park Canoe Livery on the Huron River.

The county also received nearly $2.3 million from the DNR Trust Fund to buy more than 54 acres of Domino's Farms land for a nature preserve project called Arbor Vistas Preserve.

Additionally, $300,000 from the DNR Trust Fund went to the Rutherford Pool renovation project in Ypsilanti, and $289,400 went to the Ypsilanti Heritage Bridge project for a pedestrian bridge and fishing pier over the Huron River under Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti.

The city of Ann Arbor is hoping to get future DNR Trust Fund dollars to help transform properties it owns at 721 N. Main and 415 W. Washington into a greenway anchor parks. The city is focusing first on 721 N. Main and plans to submit a grant application in the spring for funding in 2013.

"That's the major focus right now and the city is doing the preliminary work right now to put in a strong application," said Mayor John Hieftje, noting part of the plan is to figure out a way to safely connect pedestrians and bicyclists with the Border-to-Border Trail.

The city also is studying options for driving a pedestrian tunnel underneath the railroad tracks that act as a barrier between the Main Street/Depot Street area and the Border-to-Border Trail.

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Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 4:45 p.m.

The previous post that was removed questioned the candidate's background and capabilities to hold the position. Maybe what the contributor doesn't realize is that good management skills are necessary for a management role. Knowledge of the working requirements helps but the mastery of the working skills does not make the manager.


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

Not sure why my post was deleted, but I did question the appointee's qualifications to hold this position. Management skills not withstanding, it's still a really good idea to appoint someone with a solid background in the field where they'll be counted on for leadership. By all accounts, Michael Brown was a good administrator when George Bush appointed him as the head of FEMA. We all know how that turned out.