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E-M:/ Open Houses to Focus on Gaylord Area Forests

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

Contacts: Joyce Angel-Ling 989-732-3541, ext. 5440, Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Open Houses to Focus on Gaylord Area Forests

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host two open houses, June 7 and 8, to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments proposed for 2007 in the Gaylord Forest Management Unit.

The open houses will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Gaylord Operations Service Center on June 7 for Antrim, Charlevoix and Otsego counties, and at the Indian River field office on June 8 for Cheboygan and Emmet counties and Bois Blanc Island in Mackinac County.
Each year DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archaeological sites; mineral, oil and gas activities; recreational use; wildfire potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public or private. Proposed treatments then are designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

The open houses are an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and provide input toward final decisions on those treatments. They also provide the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, online at www.michigan.gov/dnr, or by contacting Joyce Angel-Ling, Gaylord forest unit manager, at (989) 732-3541, ext. 5440.

Each forest management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Gaylord open house and compartment review will focus on Jordan and Mancelona townships in Antrim County; Chandler and Peaine townships in Charlevoix County; and Charlton, Otsego Lake, Chester and Hayes townships in Otsego County. The Indian River open house and compartment review will focus on Hebron, Ellis, Mentor, Koehler and Waverly townships in Cheboygan County; Friendship, Maple River, Carp Lake and Wawatam townships in Emmet County; and Bois Blanc Island in Mackinac County.
Formal compartment reviews to finalize prescriptions for both areas are scheduled for June 22 at the Northland Sportsmen's Club in Gaylord for the north compartments, and at the Tuscarora Township Hall in Indian River for the south compartments. Both meetings begin at 9 a.m. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Joyce Angel-Ling.

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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