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E-M:/ State Land Review Meeting Set for June 21 for Grand Traverse, Antrim Counties



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2005

Contacts: Kerry Wieber at 517-373-9905 or Mary Dettloff at 517-335-3014					

State Land Review Meeting Set for
June 21 for Grand Traverse, Antrim Counties

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land consolidation strategy for Grand Traverse and Antrim counties is slated for Tuesday, June 21, at the East Bay Township Hall located at 1965 Three Mile Road in Traverse City. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the meeting, DNR staff will review the state-owned parcels that fall outside of DNR project boundary lines for state parks, forests, game and wildlife areas, recreation areas and other DNR facilities. Parcels have been reviewed by the DNR for retention, alternative conservation ownership or disposal, and the recommendations discussed at these public meetings are preliminary. 

Two counties will be reviewed at the Traverse City meeting. The details for the parcels in each county can be found at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrlandreview.

In Grand Traverse County, 64 parcels totaling 312.40 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 47 parcels totaling 195.58 acres. The DNR proposes offering five parcels totaling 48.69 acres to alternative conservation organizations or local units of government to manage. And 12 parcels totaling 68.13 acres have been identified as land to dispose.

In Antrim County, 76 parcels totaling 1074.92 acres will be reviewed. The DNR recommends retaining ownership of 56 parcels totaling 744.13 acres. The DNR recommends that 10 parcels totaling 118.25 acres be turned over to an alternative conservation organization or local unit of government to manage. And 10 parcels totaling 212.54 acres have been slated for disposal. 

Every six months, the DNR reviews 10 counties to determine which parcels will be disposed of and which will be retained. These parcels are outside of the new project boundaries for all state parks, recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, and state forests adopted by the DNR in 2004. Once the reviews are completed by the DNR field staff, the parcels are classified one of three ways: retention under state ownership and DNR management, transfer to another unit of government or an alternative conservation organization or disposal because the parcel has limited natural resource, recreational or cultural value. Parcels are identified for retention by the DNR for a myriad of reasons, including public recreational opportunities, hunting opportunities, wildlife habitat or water and boating access.

The DNR Land Exchange Review Committee will incorporate public comments into its final recommendations to the DNR Director, expected in July 2005.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Kerry Wieber at 517-373-9905 a minimum of five working days before the event.  Requests made less than five days before this meeting may not be accommodated. 

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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