About Us

Downriver Linked Greenways (DLG) Story

1999

DLG began as a result of the Downriver Summit, hosted by Congressman John D. Dingell.

2000

First Trail Master Plan completed for entire region.

2001

First time in Huron Clinton Metroparks history the Lake Erie, Lower Huron, Willow, and Oakwood parks were connected.

2005

Second Trail Master Plan completed for entire region.

2006

DLG begins Detroit Heritage River Water Trail.

2013

DLG becomes a non-profit dedicated to serving the Downriver area to coordinate non-motorized transportation.

2014

DLG officially becomes part of the Statewide Iron Belle Trail.

2016

DLG receives Round 1 Iron Belle Trail Planning Grant to complete a gap planning assessment.

2019

DLG partners with Friends of the Detroit River - Awarded Ralph C. Wilson, Jr Grant to move trails forward.

2020

DLG Launches new website with focus on trail users.

Who we are Downriver Linked Greenways is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help facilitate trail planning, development, marketing and programming of both land and water trails.

Since 1998 Downriver Linked Greenways has helped to facilitate over 75 miles of trails in the Downriver Region of Metropolitan Detroit. The current trail network includes over 100 miles of both water and land trails that reach within a half-mile of every home and connects millions of residents to each other across Downriver. Our trails traverse over many different areas that include rural, urban and over 7,000 acres of parkland. The Huron Clinton MetroParks, Wayne County Parks, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, National Water Trail Huron River and Rouge River Water trail anchor our entire trail system. In addition, 25 miles of the statewide Iron Belle Trail travels through 10 of our communities.

Our People

Leadership of the Downriver Linked Greenways is shared by it's co-chairs who volunteer their time on the project.

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Mary Bohling

Mary is Co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways and an educator for Michigan Sea Grant, a collaborative program between Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan.

She works with coastal communities and businesses in a 4-county district along the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, and Western Lake Erie applying science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues, including economic development, habitat restoration, coastal tourism initiatives, and greenway/water trail development. She maintains strong connections with local, state, and federal agencies through the leadership of various advisory councils and boards, including the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, Michigan Trails Advisory Council Non-Motorized Advisory Workgroup Subcommittee, International Wildlife Refuge Alliance and Friends of the Detroit River.

Mary earned a master's degree in environmental science and a bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental studies, and anthropology from the University of Michigan.

She was also awarded funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program to create the MI Paddle Stewards Program to create a network of trained volunteers across Michigan who search for and report aquatic invasive species while enjoying water trails.

Mary
Mary Bohling

Mary is Co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways and an educator for Michigan Sea Grant, a collaborative program between Michigan State University Extension and the University of Michigan.

She works with coastal communities and businesses in a 4-county district along the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, and Western Lake Erie applying science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes issues, including economic development, habitat restoration, coastal tourism initiatives, and greenway/water trail development. She maintains strong connections with local, state, and federal agencies through the leadership of various advisory councils and boards, including the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, Michigan Trails Advisory Council Non-Motorized Advisory Workgroup Subcommittee, International Wildlife Refuge Alliance and Friends of the Detroit River.

Mary earned a master's degree in environmental science and a bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental studies, and anthropology from the University of Michigan.

She was also awarded funding from the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program to create the MI Paddle Stewards Program to create a network of trained volunteers across Michigan who search for and report aquatic invasive species while enjoying water trails.

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Anita Twardesky

Twardesky has been a longtime advocate for trails, outdoor recreation, community vitality, and economic development. She recently retired as the Community Outreach Manager for Riverside Kayak Connection and is a past Recreation Director for Flat Rock and Woodhaven.

As co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways ( DLG ), she championed the Downriver trail movement and helped convince the State of Michigan to extend the statewide Iron Belle Trail to include the DLG. She also secured funding for a gap analysis of the DLG trail system.

Twardesky is a founding member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance and serves on the advocacy group’s board. She chaired the development of the Huron River Trail Town and serves on the Healthy Trenton Coalition.

She is an active member of Southpointe Church, and helped plan and implement “Go Impact,” a program that helps seniors and people with disabilities with residential and yard clean-ups. She has also volunteered with Christnet, a non-profit, which feeds and shelters local homeless people.

Anita is also an Independent Herbalife Wellness Coach.

Twardesky also founded Destination Downriver, a coalition of individuals, businesses, groups and community agencies working to change the perception of Downriver and to promote it as a regional tourist destination.

Downriver’s image from a heritage and resource perspective has shifted in a positive direction as a result of her advocacy, hard work and passion. She also has a talent for pairing talent and resources to achieve her missions.

Twardesky’s work with the DLG and Destination Downriver and its new partnership with Friends of the Detroit River are gaining the resources it needs to move its positive vision for Downriver forward.

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Anita Twardesky

Twardesky has been a longtime advocate for trails, outdoor recreation, community vitality, and economic development. She recently retired as the Community Outreach Manager for Riverside Kayak Connection and is a past Recreation Director for Flat Rock and Woodhaven.

As co-chair of the Downriver Linked Greenways ( DLG ), she championed the Downriver trail movement and helped convince the State of Michigan to extend the statewide Iron Belle Trail to include the DLG. She also secured funding for a gap analysis of the DLG trail system.

Twardesky is a founding member of the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance and serves on the advocacy group’s board. She chaired the development of the Huron River Trail Town and serves on the Healthy Trenton Coalition.

She is an active member of Southpointe Church, and helped plan and implement “Go Impact,” a program that helps seniors and people with disabilities with residential and yard clean-ups. She has also volunteered with Christnet, a non-profit, which feeds and shelters local homeless people.

Anita is also an Independent Herbalife Wellness Coach.

Twardesky also founded Destination Downriver, a coalition of individuals, businesses, groups and community agencies working to change the perception of Downriver and to promote it as a regional tourist destination.

Downriver’s image from a heritage and resource perspective has shifted in a positive direction as a result of her advocacy, hard work and passion. She also has a talent for pairing talent and resources to achieve her missions.

Twardesky’s work with the DLG and Destination Downriver and its new partnership with Friends of the Detroit River are gaining the resources it needs to move its positive vision for Downriver forward.