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E-M:/ DNR Hosts Gwinn Forest Unit Open House Oct. 20

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

September 29, 2005

Contact: Bill Brondyke 906-346-9201 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Hosts Gwinn Forest Unit Open House Oct. 20

The Department of Natural Resources will host an informal open house Thursday, Oct. 20, to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments proposed for 2007 in the Gwinn Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marquette Township Hall, 161 County Road 492, Marquette.

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate about one-tenth of the state forest. 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 and private. Proposed treatments then are designated to ensure 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."

Each forest management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Gwinn unit open house will focus on compartments in Chocolay, Ely, Forsyth, Tilden, Turin and Wells townships in Marquette County, and Limestone Township in Alger County. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house or they can be accessed on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Nov. 9, at the Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottom University Center, Marquette.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Unit Manager Bill Brondyke at (906) 346-9201, 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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