Nearly 2,400 miles of green corridors have been targeted for preservation under a $50 million initiative launched by the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.
The foundation has raised $14 million and aims to raise $9 million more — and hopes to match those private funds with an equal amount in state and federal funds.
The foundation will use the money to create or restore green corridors in a seven-county region, and has targeted abandoned railroad beds, river corridors, Great Lakes shoreline and utility corridors.
More than 70 organizations and agencies are involved in the effort.
Funding commitments include $10 million from The Kresge Foundation; $2.5 million, McGregor Fund; $1 million, The Carls Foundation; $300,000, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; $250,000, Matilda R. Wilson Fund; $75,000, Whitney Fund; $45,000, The Americana Foundation; and $25,000, Frey Foundation.