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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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Folks:

        With multiple Compartment Reviews and Open Houses coming up in 
August, I want to give folks a little information about these important 
forums for shaping management on State Forests.

        The only place where the DNR actually takes formal input and makes 
decisions about the on the ground management of our State Forest lands is 
in the Compartment Review process.  Decisions regarding whether to cut 
certain stands, what kinds of timber sales to set up, attention to trails 
and sensitive areas, and, presumably, old growth identification and 
protection, are made in these forums.  

        Each year, each Forest Management Unit around the state holds a 
Compartment Review, covering 1/10th of the land in that area.  The 
Compartment Review is preceded by a few weeks by an Open House.  The Open 
House allows for people to come in and look at proposed actions and offer 
up comments, while the Compartment Review is the actual decision making 
meeting for how those stands will be managed. Written comments may be 
submitted as well, but these need to be submitted prior to the Open House 
in order to be considered.

        Ideally, if there is an area that you are concerned about, you 
should try to get a copy of the Compartment Review Packet PRIOR to the Open 
House, whether or not you can attend this forum.  The amount of information 
is immense and even if you know an area translating from a simple 
compartment map to the ground is very difficult to do in your head.  If 
there is a place you are particularly interested in, find out which Forest 
Management Unit it is in and contact the appropriate managers to get on 
their mailing list for Compartment Reviews, although sometimes folks get 
dropped unexpectedly.  Also, the Open Houses are listed in the DNR 
Calendar, so if you know which FMU you want to follow and you are able to 
follow the Calendar closely you should be able to get notice of upcoming 
reviews.

        Below is a listing of three Open Houses coming up in the next few 
weeks.  If you would like some guidance about determining which FMUs you 
would like to follow, please contact me and I can try to walk you through 
the identification process. It is possible, as well, to attend the 
Compartment Review itself, which can be extremely important for assuring 
that your concerns are raised.  Also, if you have commented on a 
Compartment Review and have concerns about the decision, there is an 
opportunity to appeal the decision.  

Anne Woiwode

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DNR HOSTS OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 10 ON LAKE SUPERIOR STATE FOREST 

LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Management 
Division will be holding two open house meetings in Kinchloe and Rexton to 
provide information and allow public comment regarding proposed forest 
management treatments to be done in 2001 on the Sault Forest Management 
Unit, which is part of the Lake Superior State Forest. The two sessions 
will be hosted by the Sault Field Office and the Naubinway Field Office.
The Sault open house will be held Wednesday, August 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 
the Kinross Town Hall, 4884 W. Curtis Road, Kinchloe. Forest management 
activities in Chippewa County are planned for Drummond Island, Superior, 
Kinross, Dafter and Raber townships and Clark Township in east Mackinac 
County.
The Naubinway open house will be held Wednesday, August 30, from 4 to 8 
p.m. at the Rexton Township Hall, Church Street, Rexton. Forest management 
activities in west Mackinac County are planned Moran, Hudson, Hendricks, 
Garfield and Newton townships and Trout Lake Township in west Chippewa 
County. Each year foresters inventory one-tenth of the state forest. The 
information gathered includes size, age and health of trees; wildlife and 
recreational use and need; and social factors, such as proximity of the 
area to roads and neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for interested 
people to review proposed treatments and provide input to be used for a 
final decision on those treatments. It also gives people a chance to talk 
with foresters and biologists about general issues of interest.
The formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas of 
the Lake Superior State Forest is scheduled for September 6, beginning at 9 
a.m. at the State Street Village Inn, 250 South State Street, St. Ignace.
For more information, contact Karen Rodock, Naubinway Field Office, 
906-477-6048, or Pat Hallfrisch, Sault Field Office, 906-635-5281. Persons 
with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact 
Rodock or Hallfrisch.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 29 JUNE 00
CONTACT: Mike Mang, 517-732-3541/ext. 5042

DNR HOSTS OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 16 ON MACKINAW STATE FOREST

LANSING--The Department of Natural Resources Forest Management Division 
will host an open house Wednesday, August 16, to provide information and 
allow public comment regarding the proposed forest management treatments 
for the 2002 Entry Year Compartments on the Pigeon River Country Forest 
Management Unit (PRCFMU), which is part of the Mackinaw State Forest.
The open house will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Pigeon River 
Headquarters, approximately 13 miles east of Vanderbilt on East Twin Lakes 
Road. 
Each year foresters and biologists inventory one-tenth of the forest. The 
information gathered includes size, age and health of trees; wildlife and 
recreational use and need; and social factors, such as proximity of the 
area to roads and neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for interested 
people to review proposed treatments and provide input to be used for a 
final decision on those treatments. For this entry year, proposed 
treatments include opening maintenance, clearcuts, selective cuts and 
thinnings.
The PRCFMU includes state forest land in parts of Otsego, Montmorency and 
Cheboygan counties. Compartments under review this year are in Corwith and 
Charlton townships in Otsego County and Forest, Walker and Nunda townships 
in Cheboygan County.
A formal compartment review for the PRCFMU will be Thursday, August 24, 
beginning at 9 a.m., at the Pigeon River Forest Headquarters. Persons with 
disabilities needing accomodations for these meetings should contact Mike 
Mang, DNR Gaylord District Office, at 517-732-3541/ext. 5042, or Joe 
Jarecki, Unit Manager, at 517-983-4101.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 26 JULY 00                                           
    
CONTACTS: Karen Rodock, 906-477-6048 or Pat Hallfrisch, 906-635-5281

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 3 AUG 00 CONTACT: Dayle Garlock, 517-785-4251

DNR HOSTS OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 30 ON ATLANTA FOREST MANAGEMENT UNIT

LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest Management 
Division will host an open house Wednesday, August 30, to provide 
information and allow public comment regarding the Atlanta Management Unit 
inventory and proposed forest management for 2002 Entry Year Compartments.
The open house will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. at the DNR's Atlanta Field 
Office, located at 13501 M-33, Atlanta.
Each year foresters inventory one-tenth of the state forest. The 
information gathered includes size, age, and health of trees; wildlife and 
recreational use and need; and social factors such as proximity of the area 
to roads and neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for interested people to 
review the proposed treatments and to provide input to be used for a final 
decision on those treatments.  It also 
gives people a chance to talk in general with foresters and biologists 
about issues of interest. 
Compartments under review this year in Montmorency, Presque Isle, Alpena, 
and Cheboygan counties.  Townships, which have compartments under review, 
include Briley, Hillman, Montmorency, Rust and Viennna in Montmorency 
County, Sanborn, Long Rapids, Green and Wilson in Alpena County, Allis, 
Bearinger, Bismarck and Ocqueoc in Presque Isle County, and Benton and 
Grant townships in Cheboygan County. A formal compartment review to 
finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for Thursday, September 
7, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Atlanta Field Office.
For more information, contact Dayle Garlock, DNR Atlanta office, 
517-785-4251.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the open house should 
contact Unit Manager Dayle Garlock at 517- 785-4251.

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