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Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com

This was forwarded from Keith Schneider, Michigan Land Use Institute

For Immediate Release: July 2, 1997
For more information please contact:
Keith Schneider ó 616-882-4723


A Public Event Featuring Dr. Don Inman
Until June, the Highest Ranking DNR Official in Lower Peninsula

Friday, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Room 109, Science Building
Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
(Next to Dennos Museum on the Main Campus)

	Since taking power more than six years ago, the Engler Administration has
made some of the boldest strikes of any state government against the
environment. Chief among the Administrationís targets has been the
Department of Natural Resources, which was once regarded as a leader among
state environmental agencies. 

	Until he retired in June, Dr. Don Inman was the highest ranking DNR
official in the lower peninsula. From his senior post, Dr. Inman sought to
defend the agencyís programs and its embattled staff from what he believed
to be ill-advised policy decisions. 

	On Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. the Michigan Land Use Institute will hold
a special public event featuring Dr. Inmanís candid, insiderís assessment
of what has happened to environmental protection in Michigan and its
consequences. It is the first time a senior DNR official has publicly
critiqued the Engler Administrationís program for managing natural
resources. Dr. Inman also will recommend actions citizens can take to
respond. The event will take place at Northwestern Michigan College in the
Science Center, next door to the Dennos Museum.

	All are welcome for this important free event.

	Dr. Inman, who was raised in Muskegon, earned his doctorate degree in
wildlife ecology from Michigan State University. Following graduation, he
studied with Dr. Eugene Odom, a world renown ecologist and head of the
Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He began his
professional career in 1973 as a DNR wildlife specialist, and was a key
member of the professional team that designed the Pigeon River hydrocarbon
development plan. The Pigeon River plan, formally approved in 1980, is
widely regarded as the best land use program in the United States for
guiding oil and gas development in a sensitive environment. 

	Later, Dr. Inman served as chief of the DNRís enforcement division. He
investigated and helped to prosecute some of the stateís most prominent
toxic pollution cases. In 1993 he was named the Regional Director for the
lower peninsula.

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