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Upper Manistee River Access Site Recommendations

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced recommendations regarding access site management along the Upper Manistee River are available for public review and comment.

"The Upper Manistee River is one of the most important watercourses in the northern Lower Peninsula," said Robin Pearson, DNR forest recreation specialist. "It provides vital fish and wildlife habitat and numerous recreational opportunities."

A public meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Bear Lake Township Hall in Kalkaska. The Upper Manistee River Access Committee will report their findings regarding access site management along the Upper Manistee River, present a brief history of the access site issues, and receive public comment regarding the committee's recommendations.

The report addresses designated and undesignated access points along the river between Mancelona Road in southwestern Otsego County to M-66 in southwestern Kalkaska County.

"Providing safe, sufficient access that does not result in erosion, sedimentation, user conflicts or other negative impacts are key to providing a quality recreational experience while protecting the outstanding resources associated with this part of the river," Pearson said.

Persons needing special accommodations for this meeting should contact Pearson. To obtain a copy of the report, contact her at (989) 732-3541, or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on Forests, Land & Water, and go to the Forest Management page.

Written comments may be submitted to Robin Pearson, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management, Gaylord Operations Service Center, 1732 W. M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735; e-mail: pearsorg@michigan.gov. The public comment period ends June 3, 2005.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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