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E-M:/ DNR Open House Planned for Grayling Forest Management Unit

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

September 27, 2005

Contact: John Pilon 989-732-3541, ext. 5042 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                       	

DNR Open House Planned for Grayling Forest Management Unit

The Department of Natural Resources will host an informal open house on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Grayling to provide information and receive public comment on the proposed forest management treatments for 2007 in the Grayling Forest Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the DNR Grayling Unit Headquarters located at 1955 North I-75 Business Loop in Grayling.

Each year DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forestland. Information gathered spans a wide range of social, biological and economic factors. It includes the health, size and age of all vegetative types; wildlife habitat and needs; fisheries considerations; archeological sites; oil and gas activities; recreational use; wildfire potential; social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and existing use on adjacent lands, public and private.  Proposed treatments and management activities are designed to insure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems. They may include clearcuts, selection cuts, opening maintenance, trail relocations, prescribed burns, tree planting and road closures.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and other management activities and provide input toward final decisions on them. It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists. Maps and information that will be available at the open house can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Those unable to attend the open house may submit written comments to Grayling Forest Management Unit, 1955 North I-75 Business Loop, Grayling, MI 49738. Written comments should be submitted by Oct. 18. 

Each management unit is divided up into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of resources. This year, the Grayling open house and compartment review will consider management prescriptions in the following townships: Beaver Creek, Grayling, Maple Forest, Frederic and Lovells in Crawford County; Elmer and Greenwood townships in Oscoda County; Alcona Township in Alcona County; and Oscoda Township in Iosco County. 

The formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Grayling Unit Office.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Susan Thiel at 989-348-6371, ext. 7440, 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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