MiOFO is a cooperative partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eisenhower Center, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Passing Along The Heritage Foundation, Safari Club International Foundation, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and more.
The mission of MiOFO is to provide improved outdoor recreation opportunities for wounded veterans and individuals with health challenges; and, to coordinate a support network that facilitates their recovery through connecting with nature.
MiOFO will focus initial efforts on DNR-managed Sharonville State Game Area. The properties are near several population centers: Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, and Detroit.
Veterans, partners, and volunteers will assist with habitat development projects to give a sense of accomplishment, pride, and ownership for the area.
Several projects are underway at Sharonville State Game Area including: a facilitated hunting area with accessible trails and spurs for hunting pads and blinds, rustic trails for use with field grade mobility devices, an accessible canoe launch on River Raisin, and several habitat projects to provide food and cover for wildlife and enhanced outdoor experiences for visitors.
Sharonville State Game area supports diverse habitats that include River Raisin frontage, small lakes, wetlands, wooded areas and open fields.
Featured game species at the Sharonville State Game area include wild turkey, pheasant, cottontail rabbit, ruffed grouse, woodcock, fox squirrel and white-tailed deer. Rare non-game species include the Indiana bat, dickcissel, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow’s sparrow, eastern box turtle, tamarack tree cricket and more.
The availability of this unequaled, publically accessible center for barrier-free outdoor experiences is expected to draw numerous outdoors-people to the area, providing an economic boost to nearby businesses and facilities.