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E-M:/ NLP Ecosystem Planning Meeting



Below is some text from DNR's website that should have been included in this notice, in my opinion.  

It gives some details on what the meetings might involve, other than vague "get stakeholder input" concept of DNR's notice.  There is also contact info for folks that are interested in being involve in process, commenting on the plan, and/or for getting on list of receive updates as process move forward.

If you care about State land in the NLP, get involved, make your values and comments known to DNR.  Go to one of the meetings, or send comments to address listed below.

There is even more info on DNR website at:

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10366_11865_28193---,00.html

http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/divisions/forest/ForestCertification/MyWebsFC/EcoRegionPlanning-NLP.htm

http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/divisions/forest/ForestCertification/MyWebsFC/WorkInstructions.htm
    
This last link contains info on the DNR's "new" operating guidance, which has not been vetted in public before it was approved, and is currently mostly not being implemented on the ground where chain-saw meet tree.

Tim Flynn

Our next steps: public involvement, your chance to comment

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Natural Resources’ Northern Lower Michigan’s eco-system management planning process. This process has three goals:

  1. To introduce and inform you of Michigan’s changing natural resources and its history.
  2. To identify the values you consider important in natural resource management.
  3. To invite you to participate in our planning process.


If you are interested in helping us by providing feedback or participating on discussion committees, please read on…..

Ecosystem management is not simple, nor easy. It involves incorporating a diverse array of social, economic, and biological values. It requires the cooperation and collaboration of individuals, state and federal agencies, organizations and many others across broad landscapes. These landscapes are divided by artificial boundaries like state, township, and county lines, as well as, private property lines. And to complicate things even more, ecosystems and the plants and animals that live and interact in these ecosystems vary in scale and more often than not, cross these artificial boundaries.

To make sound management decisions that ensure sustainability of natural resources, involve the public, and coordinate management activities across boundaries and ownerships; a planning process is necessary. The following are the main steps in the planning for ecosystem management by the DNR.

  1. Develop and define values (criteria) and ways to measure (indicators) those values. Making sound decisions about natural resources requires identifying what people value. Once these values are identified, indicators will be developed to determine how they are being maintained, enhanced, or protected. These values and indicators will be developed and validated through public meetings, a webpage, and contacting known concerned citizens and groups.
  2. Inventory and assess the resources. This step describes the current condition of our natural resources. Also included in this inventory and assessment is information on the history of natural resources from pre-European settlement to the present. In addition to the physical and ecological assessments, social and economic assessments will be included. This combined information will show us where the resources stand regarding values and indicators, how they got there, and what additional information is needed to measure the values.
  3. Develop goals and strategies. This step describes the desired future condition for the resources, both for the short and long term. Management strategies are means that will be used to achieve this condition. This is another step where all the diverse publics are brought together to attain agreement that all can live with.
  4. Develop monitoring, evaluating, reporting and adapting process. Develop a monitoring process to ensure the selected strategies are achieved. Feedback and evaluations will determine if strategies need to be modified. It is expected that other groups, agencies, or organizations can aid in the monitoring process. Annual and long term reporting processes will be developed to monitor sustainability and to keep the public informed and involved.
  5. Develop management unit level operational plans. After regional objectives and strategies are determined, specific resource (timber, wildlife, recreation, and fish) plans can be determined for local units. Here again, public input is welcome.


We invite you to take the time to participate. Participation could include contributing as a committee member or sending us your comments on issues to DNR-NLP-Eco-Team@michigan.gov.

Or send your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address to: 

NLP Eco-team
DNR Gaylord OSC
1732 W M-32
Gaylord, MI 49735

If you only want information as it becomes available, let us know.



Begin forwarded message:

From: Richard Morscheck <morscher@MICHIGAN.GOV>
Date: October 4, 2005 3:36:40 PM GMT-04:00
Subject: Public Stakeholder Meetings Scheduled for Northern Lower Peninsula Ecosystem Management Plan
Reply-To: Department of Natural Resources publications list <DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV>


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2005

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

Public Stakeholder Meetings Scheduled for Northern Lower Peninsula Ecosystem Management Plan

The Department of Natural Resources will host meetings to gather public input on ecosystem management planning for the northern Lower Peninsula.

The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:
*  Oct. 24, Best Western Hotel, 833 W. Main St, Gaylord
*  Oct. 25, McGuires Resort, Mackinac Trail, Cadillac
*  Oct. 27, Forwards Conference Center, 2980 Cook Rd, West Branch

These meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide input on what is valued from the state forest. The public's values will be incorporated into the DNR's holistic ecosystem management strategy which involves physical, biological and ecological principles, along with economic and social factors.

For more information on ecosystem management, please visit this Web site: www.michigan.gov/ecosystems.