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From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US]On Behalf Of Julee Hasbany
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 2:58 PM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US
Subject: MICHIGAN DNR SEEKS INPUT ON OLD GROWTH/BIODIVERSITY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 4 DEC 01
CONTACT:  Rich Hausler, 517-335-3351

MICHIGAN DNR SEEKS INPUT ON OLD GROWTH/BIODIVERSITY 
STEWARDSHIP PROCESS

        LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
is seeking public comment on criteria and guidelines to be 
used for identifying old growth and biological diversity 
areas on state-owned lands. 
The DNR has formed a public advisory committee, consisting 
of representatives of industry and environmental groups, 
that will provide formal recommendations on this process, 
but the department also seeks input from other interested 
individuals. The public comment period ends Feb. 28, 2002.
        "Old growth" describes an ecological condition where 
forest vegetation is dominated by trees in the mature stages 
of their life cycle. Michigan's old growth, however, 
consists of more than just big trees. The state's diverse 
forest landscape contains a variety of species and 
topography.
        "Maintaining a healthy diversity of ecosystems, 
species and genetic material is an important aspect of good 
resource management," said Cara Boucher, DNR Forest Resource 
Management Section Manager. "The intent of the old growth 
and biodiversity stewardship process is to identify parcels 
of state land that represent these varying conditions."
        The report, released earlier this year by the Natural 
Resources Commission, is entitled "Proposed Old Growth and 
Biodiversity Stewardship Planning Process and Draft Criteria 
for Michigan's State Forests and Other State-Owned Lands." 
The 42-page document is available on the DNR Web site at 
www.michigandnr.com/pdfs/dnr/oldgrowth/oldgrow.pdf. To 
request a paper copy, contact Margaret Spagnuolo at 517-335-
3352; e-mail: spagnuom@michigan.gov.
        Public comments may be sent via e-mail to DNR-FMFM-
OGBS@michigan.gov, or mailed to the DNR Forest, Mineral and 
Fire Management Division, c/o Old Growth and Biodiversity 
Stewardship, Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909.
        Once the draft criteria and guidelines are approved, 
the process will move forward to identify and select state-
owned land that could be included in an old growth and 
biodiversity stewardship network. This selection phase also 
will include opportunities for public involvement at the 
state, regional and local level.
        For more information on the old growth and 
biodiversity stewardship planning process, contact Richard 
Hausler at 517-335-3351; e-mail: hauslerr@michigan.gov.

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