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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Enviro-Michers:

The first meeting of the Public Advisory Team (PAT) for the DNR's Old Growth
and Biodiversity Stewardship(OG/BS) Planning Process was held on Nov 2, and
the next meeting is scheduled for November 30 in Grayling (details below).
The process is on a very fast timeline, with a maximum timeframe of 4
months, and aspirations to complete the work prior to that time.  The PAT is
made up of diverse interests with concerns about state forests and old
growth, and it was formed under auspices of the report submitted by DNR
staff to the NRC in February of this year laying out the process for old
growth designation on state public lands.  The PAT is working with the
proposed OG/BS criteria prepared by a mostly internal DNR working group that
was also part of the February report.

>From notes at the first meeting, here is an overview of the PAT's purpose:


What’s the process?

The Old Growth & Biodiversity Stewardship Public Advisory Team (OG/BS PAT)
is a group of representatives from organizations that have expressed a
strong interest in the OG/BS process. They will provide a set of
recommendations on the OG/BS process criteria and guidelines, preferably
within a four-month time period beginning in November of 2001. They will
also need to review and consider input from other outside interests,
including general comments from the public.

**The PAT is free to provide input on other portions of the OG/BS process as
well.

After the Public Advisory Team reviews the criteria and guidelines and makes
recommendations, the Statewide Council—consisting of MDNR division/bureau
chiefs and directors—will make the final recommendations on criteria and
guideline content. The PAT’s job does not end there, because the Statewide
Council or others may ask the team for further explanations or
clarifications.


I want to STRONGLY encourage individuals and organizations not involved in
the PAT to provide comment to this group about what should be included in
criteria and guidelines for old growth on state public lands.  If you would
like to attend the next meeting, it is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on
Friday, Nov. 30, at the DNR's Grayling Management Unit Office, 1955 I-75
Business Loop.  The office is located just west of Exit 259 on the north
side of the road.  The front door of the building will be locked.  You can
gain entry through the side door on the west end of the building (to the
left as you face the building when standing/parked in the front parking
lot).

If you have questions about the process, contact Rich Hausler (517-355-3351)
or Cara Boucher, 517-335-3354, of Forest, Minerals and Fire Management
Division of DNR.

Anne Woiwode

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Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108
anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org



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