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E-M:/ DNR Unveils New Resource Tool on the Web

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

Contact: Todd Hogrefe, 517-373-1263

DNR Unveils New Resource Tool on the Web

State wildlife officials today announced a new Web site that will help
citizens identify the potential presence of rare species and unique
natural features on lands in Michigan.

Called the Endangered Species Assessment, the new Web site can be
accessed by going to www.michigan.gov, clicking on Online Services and
scrolling down to Business Online Services.

The site is designed to provide private landowners, consultants, local
governments, developers, and other citizens with a preliminary
evaluation of whether endangered, threatened or special concern
species; high quality natural communities or unique natural features
have been known to occur at or near a site of interest. Following the
assessment, users may contact the DNR to request a more formal
assessment to learn whether rare species or unique natural features
been documented at or near the location.

"The Web site makes it possible for people to access important
information about rare species early in the planning process," said
Hogrefe, endangered species coordinator. "With this new resource tool,
people will be able to anticipate potential adverse impacts and then
able to take the appropriate actions to avoid them."

The Web site was developed through a partnership between the DNR, the
Department of Information Technology Center for Geographic Information,
and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory at MSU Extension.


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