Public Invited to Comment on Recent State Land Review Recommendations

DNR Seeks Public Comment on Forest Management Plan

In phase three of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land review process, parcels of state-managed public land in 10 counties have been reviewed by staff and will be sold, kept, or exchanged pending DNR director approval. The counties involved in this review include Alcona, Calhoun, Emmet, Houghton, Keweenaw, Mackinac, Macomb, Mason, Oceana, and…

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State Game Area Highlight: Petersburg SGA

Located less than twenty minutes from the Ohio border and hardly an hour from the heart of Detroit, the 616-acre Petersburg State Game Area in Monroe County is a favorite location of many outdoor enthusiasts in Southeast Michigan. Known for quality small game and upland game bird hunting opportunities, this state game area is also…

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Amendment proposed for year-round walleye fishing on the lower Saginaw River added to November NRC agenda

Natural Resources Commission (NRC) member David Cozad recently proposed an amendment to a fisheries order that would allow walleye fishing on the lower portion of the Saginaw River during the spawning season.  Currently, the Saginaw River is closed to walleye fishing during the spawning season. The amendment can be found here. It amends Fisheries Order…

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Accomplishments report, updated recommendations part of November wolf council meeting

July 2023 NRC Recap

Michigan’s Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) members received an accomplishments report regarding the 2015 Wolf Management Plan before diving into new business at their November meeting. Michigan’s wolf population has recovered to 695 wolves according to the DNR — greater than the original population goal of 200 established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources…

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On the Ground: 2021 Year In Review

Despite limitations early in the 2021 field season due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the On the Ground (OTG) program was still able to improve habitat across the state of Michigan during the 2021 fiscal year (October 2020 through September 2021). While a typical field season includes approximately 20-25 habitat projects, the OTG program hosted 11…

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On the Ground Volunteers Invited to Take Program Survey

With more than 3,300 volunteers involved in our program and more than 165 wildlife habitat improvement projects completed, the On the Ground (OTG) program has impacted wildlife habitat on public land across Michigan since its inception in 2013. As we look back and review the past nine field seasons, we are compiling data and reports…

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Changing Seasons film documents impacts of a changing climate to hunting and fishing in Michigan

Michigan United Conservation Clubs, National Wildlife Federation debut new film on Michigan Out-of-Doors TV Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the National Wildlife Federation have released a new short film on the impacts of a changing climate to hunting and fishing in Michigan. Changing Seasons features the observations of hunters and anglers and real-world recommendations from biologists…

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A predator-prey study, increasing public awareness, maintaining sustainable wolf prey populations discussed October wolf meeting.

October NRC Preview

The Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) is charged with making recommendations to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding wolf management. The council will undertake recommending updates to the 2015 Wolf Management Plan to include up-to-date biology and information. The WMAC is comprised of six members: Dan Kennedy representing the DNR, Amy Trotter representing…

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October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes

September NRC Recap

October NRC Preview: Fisheries orders still on deck, department to present on FY 22 budget, sandhill cranes The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is expected to take action on a number of remaining fisheries orders that have received several proposed amendments from commissioners. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be providing presentations to the commission…

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