camp grayling expansion

Another opportunity for public comment on the proposed Camp Grayling expansion next week

One local township has arranged another opportunity for Northern Michigan residents to provide public comment on the proposed Camp Grayling expansion.

Bear Lake Township will be holding a public meeting with Tom Barnes of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Col. Scott Meyers of Camp Grayling on July 7, 2022, at 7 pm at the Bear Lake Township Community Center. 

Bear Lake Township Trustee Jim Knight stated that those in attendance will be given a maximum of three minutes to speak or ask questions of the DNR and Camp Grayling. 

MUCC opposes the expansion of Camp Grayling based on a 1989 policy resolution. Our write-up of the last public meeting can be found in our blog

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  1. Jeff sack on July 5, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    We are property owner of 6003 portagecreek rd
    We live next to state land, I’d rather not look out my trailer and see the army or have them rooming around on my property looking for what ever the lost. Don’t need a gun range next to me to hear all that gun firer. Keep state land and all its beauty the way god intended. No to the army.

    • Jim Knight on July 7, 2022 at 11:19 pm

      I’m glad MUCC has opposed this proposal!
      They have stood up for the rights of the public to recreate outdoors, unimpeded!
      The mission statement from the DNR states it’s for all of us!

  2. Debbie Light on July 6, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Well not happy about army taking over the property next to mine having to be uneasy about being up there with people walking around not having privacy when up there it would just ruin being up there for me and my dog when you have property it’s to relax have peace not here loud voice guns strange people rooming around while you are trying to get things done and find quite serenity it scares me to know strangers would be all around me what is the point in going up not knowing what is going to be happening at any time

  3. Jim Knight on July 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    I would like to thank MUCC, for unearthing the 1989 Resolution that was signed by leaders of Camp Grayling. Their watchful eye on potential issues concerning Sportsman in our State, is very important.
    In regards to the expansion of Camp Grayling, the massive area proposed, raises many concerns, one is do they really need this to fly drones? It seems entirely possible to preform these excercises on the 147,000 acres they now control!
    To leave the footprint this large, with the Manistee River Watershed, it’s tributaries, and ground water, leaves us wondering. To reassure that a 1500 foot buffer zone may at some point possibly be enough?
    The risk is to great. Director Eichanger should follows his resources first background, and deny this proposal.

  4. SSG(ret) Tom Wakeley on July 10, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    This is another example of political appointees attempting to sneak through a land grab of 250 Sq miles of public land in Northern Michign. At present
    Camp Grayling consists of roughly 147 sq miles of training areas, air field, and support facilities which is larger than many active duty training facilities. The fact is they are trying to push this through in the middle of the night before it becomes common knowledge. The property in question is used by thousands of people, not just locals. If you hunt, fish, hike, birdwatch, snowmobile, cross-country ski, trail ride, or just like to enjoy a Sunday drive through nature, this property is being stolen from you. They call it a lease but from past experience, once they have control of it all the rules change. Property won’t be fenced and access will only be restricted to “as needed to protect public safety”. That’s a historically proven lie. Let’s be honest. The only reason for an expansion of this size is to try to build some playground for military contractors to perform their R&D at our expense or to promote the career of politically appointed officers like the Camp Commander and State AG so they can have something to point at in their retirement and say,”I did that!” Band together and shut this down. Call or write your representatives and let them know how you feel before we all go down the toilet because the other side has tried to keep this quiet to try to run out the clock.

  5. Nancy Zielinski on September 22, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Why is this only being considered a ‘Northern Michigan residents issue’ ? My father built a beautiful Chalet in Grayling o n Cub Lake in the ’60s with my grandfather and my uncles. Dad would shovel off the snow on the lake so that all of us kids could ice skate on the days that we couldn’t ski at Bear Mountain because of ice. It was Paradise we never wanted to go back home and to tell you the truth home was Paradise also! We would canoe in the rivers. To this day that cabin and the town of Grayling Michigan hold a particular place in all of our hearts even though we do not live there. As well as all of
    Northern Michigan. I really hope that this does not happen for many reasons obvious reasons!! Mainly for the Children of the future that will be able to experience what I did what my five brothers and sisters did and my many many cousins if they just leave well enough alone. Thank you.
    ** More Important
    As a society are we not already destroying the planet enough? Do we have to do it intentionally by harming trees, Birds, animals, fish and everything else but they would be tearing apart up there to make their area larger?
    I think they should go out west there’s a massive amount of state land that is wide open they can use for free.:-) just my opinion.

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