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E-M:/ DNR Hosts Open House Sept. 28 in Gladwin

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

August 31, 2005

Contact: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014
DNR Hosts Open House Sept. 28 in Gladwin

The Department of Natural Resources will host an informal open house Wednesday, Sept. 28, to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments proposed for 2007 in the Gladwin Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the DNR Gladwin Field Office located at 801 Silverleaf in Gladwin.

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state-owned forestlands. The information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat 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 are then designated to insure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

"The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and provide input toward final decisions on those treatments," said DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division Chief Lynne Boyd. "It also provides 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 or they can be accessed online at the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr or by mail from the Gladwin Field Office by calling 989-426-9205, extension 7604.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Gladwin unit open house and compartment review will focus on compartments in Redding, Summerfield and Frost townships in Clare County; Sherman, Clement, Secord, Grim, Butman and Hay townships in Gladwin County; Adams, AuGres, Deep River and Arenac townships in Arenac County; Mills, Edenville and Geneva townships in Midland County; and Sherman and Alabaster townships in Iosco County.

Formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, at the Sage Township Hall located at 183 Pratt Lake Road in Gladwin. 

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact DNR Gladwin Unit Manager Courtney Borgondy at 989-426-9205, extension 7604, 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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