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E-M:/ DNR State Land Review Meeting Set for July 13 for Ontonagon, Gogebic Counties



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2005

Contacts: Steve Sutton 517-241-9049 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014					
DNR State Land Review Meeting Set for July 13
for Ontonagon, Gogebic Counties

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land consolidation strategy for Ontonagon and Gogebic counties is slated for Wednesday, July 13, at the Gogebic Lodge located at N9600 M-64 in Marenisco. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time.

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 Marenisco meeting. The details for the parcels in each county can be found at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrlandreview.

In Gogebic County, 77 parcels totaling 815.69 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 24 parcels totaling 131.3 acres. The DNR proposes offering 17 parcels totaling 380 acres to alternative conservation organizations or local units of government to manage. And 36 parcels totaling 304.39 acres have been identified as land to dispose.

In Ontonagon County, 68 parcels totaling 624.68 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 21 parcels totaling 148.44 acres. The DNR proposes offering six parcels totaling 80.07 acres to alternative conservation organizations or local units of government to manage. And 41 parcels totaling 396.17 acres have been identified as land to dispose.

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 Steve Sutton at 517-241-9049 or 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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