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

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

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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Senator Stabenow supports bipartisan bill to help wildlife, prevent extinctions nationwide

Sen. Debbie Stabenow has signed onto a bipartisan wildlife conservation bill, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, that would dedicate $1.4 billion annually to locally-led efforts to help at-risk wildlife species nationwide. “We’re facing a looming wildlife crisis, and this is the most important piece of federal wildlife legislation in the past 50 years,” said MUCC…

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DNR attempts to clarify proposed beach access order, presents deer survey at July NRC

A proposed director’s order that would limit swimming at state-managed beaches garnered the majority of public comment during last week’s monthly Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. Other topics covered include: 2020 preliminary deer harvest survey results, the state’s land strategy, a fisheries order update and land transactions. Proposed restrictions on water entry from state-managed beaches…

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July NRC: DNR to present preliminary deer harvest survey results, consider land transactions and swimming closures

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hear information about 2020 deer harvests and land transactions at their upcoming July meeting. On July 15, the NRC will hold its first in-person meeting since early 2020 at the Okemos Conference Center. There will not be a hybrid meeting option that allows for remote public comment, but MUCC…

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DNR Proposing Land Transactions, Dispositions at July NRC Meeting in Accordance with the State’s Managed Public Land Strategy

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing several land dispositions for Alpena, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Dickinson, Gogebic, Leelanau, and St. Joseph counties. These transactions will likely be acted upon by DNR Director Eichinger at the July 15 Natural Resources Commission (NRC).  According to PA 240 of 2013, the DNR is required to…

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NRC Approves Bear Hunting Rules, Considers Falconry Regulations

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved 2021 bear hunting regulations when it met Thursday.  These rules and regulations are very similar to those in place in the 2020 seasons, with a few key changes, including the elimination of rules allowing for the placement of bear bait barrels on public lands. Bear hunting regulations and…

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NRC Considers Bear Hunting Regulations, Passes Migratory Bird Hunting Rules

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) gathered feedback on 2021 bear hunting regulations and voted on migratory bird hunting rules at their meeting Thursday.  Given the ongoing issues related to COVID-19, the NRC met virtually using an online platform to consider a full agenda.  The proposed rules and regulations are very similar to those in…

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