The Emmet County Road Commission is concerned about the environment and desires to maintain the natural beauty of its roadways. With help from members of our community, the roadways of Emmet County can be kept free of litter and debris. Following is the application procedure and qualities the Road Commission has implemented in the

Adopt-A-Road program.


  • Check with ECRC regarding location availability, or for an area that might need attention, prior to sending in your application

  • Complete an Adopt-A-Road application form

  • Send one notarized copy to the Road Commission

  • Keep one copy for your records

About the PROGRAM 

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Roads – Most primary and paved secondary roads in the County. Check with ECRC for availability.


Participation – Any group with two or more persons can participate. Group participants must have a minimum of one adult for every three persons under the age of 16.


Sign-up/Permit – New permit applications are accepted throughout the year. Permits expire after two years. Renewed permit applications are taken annually from January 1st through March 31st and must be submitted to the Road Commission. Applications requesting duplicate roads will be assigned on a first come basis. The permit helps track which roads have been adopted. 

Cost – There is no cost to participate in the program. The Road Commission supplies the initial set of signs that recognize the group’s participation in the program. Any signs damaged, defaced or destroyed may be replaced at the group’s expense. The Road Commission also supplies the initial set of required yellow vests, which must be returned when a permit expires and the permittee does not renew.


Clean-up Frequency – Clean-up dates are scheduled two times a year with a month long window, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. After a clean-up, please call or e-mail the Road Commission with the location of the bags. All participants are encouraged to take pride in their adopted stretch of road(s).


Trash Bags/Vests – Trash bags are available at the Road Commission’s Harbor Springs office located at

2265 E. Hathaway Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740.


We love getting pictures of our AAR participants! If you have a photo of your group at work and would like it to appear on our Website/Facebook page, please email it to In your email, please include your group's name, when the photo was taken, the name of the road you clean up, and the number of years your group has been in the AAR program.


More information about the Emmet County Road Commission Adopt-A-Road Program is available by contacting

Tori Thompson at 231-347-8142 or by e-mail at


To renew your permit, please take the time to fill out the information below.


2265 E. Hathaway Road

Harbor Springs, MI 49740


T: 231 347-8142

F: 231 347-5787


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