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Date sent:      	Wed, 2 Aug 2000 16:15:59 -0400
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From:           	Julee Hasbany <hasbanyj@STATE.MI.US>
Subject:        	HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK PRESENTS: FOREST FEST
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 3 AUG 00
CONTACT: Ann Stephens, 517-348-7068

HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK PRESENTS: FOREST FEST

LANSING--Join us for the festival kickoff at 8 p.m. Friday, 
August 4 as the Renaissance Foresters, comprised of Bill 
Botti, Doug Carter and Rich Hausler, perform a selection of 
natural resource tunes for your enjoyment at the campground 
amphitheater. Bring your lawn chairs and be ready to have a 
great time! You'll also have the chance to hear about and 
sign up for a few of Saturday's Forest Fest tours. Rain 
Location, Visitor Center.
Saturday's Events:
* EARLY MORNING HIKE, 6:30-8:30 a.m. Meet retired DNR 
forester Bill Botti at the Visitor Center to explore the 
forest history and ecology of forests here at Hartwick Pines 
State Park.
* MOTOR TOUR, 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Discover the Park's forest 
history and ecology by vehicle. Meet Bill Botti at the 
Contact Station.
* FORESTRY DEMONSTRATIONS, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.  Ever 
wonder how foresters tell the height and age of a tree 
without cutting it down? Or how they estimate the number and 
types of trees on hundreds of acres? If so, join DNR 
foresters Larry Carter and Lori Vaughn as they demonstrate 
their tools of the trade. Learn how to navigate through the 
woods with a compass and aerial photos. See how foresters 
measure the height of a tree using a clinometer and age a 
tree using an increment borer. See how maps are developed 
using a hand held GPS unit and satellite imagery. Feel free 
to ask questions regarding tree ID and natural resource 
management activities. Demonstrations are approximately 30 
minutes in length.
* CHILDREN'S GAMES, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. "How Many Bears Live 
in This Forest?  10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.  "Oh Deer"
* WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION EQUIPMENT, 11:30, 1:30 & 2:30  Join 
DNR Wildfire Fighters Jack Money and Dan Jones as they 
demonstrate operation of various fire equipment especially 
developed in Michigan to combat wildland fires. Watch them 
as they lay a foam line, demonstrate personal safety 
equipment and discuss ways to keep your home safe from fire. 
Crawl into an emergency fire shelter and visit with Smokey 
at the Logging Museum area.
* FORESTRY HISTORY TOUR, 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Bill Botti will 
offer a forest history tour of the surrounding area. Meet at 
the Contact Station and then carpool to points of interest 
outside the park highlighting Michigan's forestry 
beginnings.
* BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAM, 3 p.m. Join us in the auditorium at 
the Visitor Center for a presentation featuring live 
raptors. Brian Baker, from SEE North, Northern Michigan's 
Environmental Education Center, presents Northwings, an 
informative program detailing the adaptations and natural 
history of some of Michigan's predatory birds including the 
Great Horned owl and also the Barn Owl.
* HISTORY OF THE CCC AT HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK, 9:30 p.m.  
Evening program in the campground amphitheater, lasting 
approximately 45 minutes.  We will learn about this New Deal 
program and how it has benefited Hartwick Pines State Park.

Throughout the Day:

* Free Trees!  - Containerized Red Pines at the visitor 
center while supplies last
* Free Posters! On a number of different Michigan 
ecosystems, while supplies last.
* Explore the VC lobby and view a number of interesting 
Forestry Displays.
* Concession lunch provided at the Visitor Center from 11 
a.m. until 2 p.m.  Sponsored by the Grayling  Lioness Club.
* Video Extravaganza featuring a variety of forest videos 
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
* Children's Activities:  Meet in the "Children's activities 
room" in the Visitor Center to build a Pinecone Critter.  
This activity will alternate through the day with scheduled 
story hours.  For more information check at the Visitor 
Center.
A State Park Motor Vehicle Permit is required for entry into 
the park ($4 for a one-day permit, or $20 for the annual 
permit good at any state park.)  For more information, call 
Ann Stephens, 517-348-7068

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