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E-M:/ Land Consolidation Strategy for Mackinac County to Be Reviewed at Meeting on Oct. 18



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2005

CONTACT: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Land Consolidation Strategy for Mackinac County
to Be Reviewed at Meeting on Oct. 18

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land consolidation strategy for Mackinac County is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Village Inn located at 250 S. State St. in St. Ignace. 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.
 
The details for the parcels in each county can be found at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrlandreview.

In Mackinac County, 300 parcels totaling 1,667.84 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 73 parcels totaling 700.51 acres. The DNR proposes offering 24 parcels totaling 166.95 acres to alternative conservation organizations or local units of government to manage. And 203 parcels totaling 800.38 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 by the end of 2005.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Scott Whitcomb at (517) 641-4903 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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