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Date sent:      	Thu, 21 Sep 2000 13:23:53 -0400
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From:           	Julee Hasbany <hasbanyj@STATE.MI.US>
Subject:        	HABITAT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SCHEDULED FOR AU SABLE AND MANISTEE
             	RIVERS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 21 SEPT 00
CONTACTS: Steve Sendek, 517-348-6371
Mark Tonello, 231-775-9727

HABITAT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SCHEDULED
FOR AU SABLE AND MANISTEE RIVERS

LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is 
advising all outdoor recreationists that the U.S. Forest 
Service will be temporarily closing small areas of the Huron 
and Manistee National Forests in late September and early 
October, so two habitat improvement projects can be carried 
out on the Au Sable River below Alcona Dam and on the 
Manistee River below Hodenpyl Dam.
In both projects, large woody debris, in the form of whole 
trees with the rootward intact, will be added to the river 
to provide cover, shade and food for fish and aquatic 
insects. The trees will be placed using a heavy-lift 
helicopter.  
The Au Sable River project is scheduled for September 25-29. 
During the aircraft operation, the area between Curtisville 
and Brodie roads on the west side of the river, and Au Sable 
River Road and the Consumers Electric transmission lines on 
the east side will be closed.
The Manistee River project will be October 2-5. The area 
between River Road on the west side of the river and Wexford 
County No. 1 Road and Coates Highway on the east side will 
be closed during the aircraft operation.
"No watercraft will be allowed on either river during flight 
hours," said Steve Sendek, DNR Fisheries Biologist, who will 
be on-site on the Au Sable River along with a DNR 
Conservation Officer. "All unauthorized vehicles and 
pedestrians, including hunters, also will be excluded from 
these closure zones during the operational period. These 
steps are being taken to ensure public safety."
The timing of the Manistee River project especially may 
impact hunters during the first few days of the archery deer 
season and fall turkey season, which get underway October 1.
"Hunters are advised to avoid these areas during the 
respective periods," said Mark Tonello, DNR Fisheries 
Biologist, who will head the DNR team on the Manistee River. 
"Although this is a federal project on federal lands, the 
DNR is asking for the cooperation of all hunters who may be 
in this area between October 2 and 5."
The habitat improvement projects are a cooperative effort 
between the DNR, the U.S. Forest Service, the Conservation 
Resource Alliance and the Huron Pines Resource Conservation 
and Development Council.

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