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Title: DNR Letterhead

 


NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION

Keith J. Charters, Chair ● Mary Brown ● Darnell Earley ● Bob Garner ● Gerald Hall ● John Madigan ● Frank Wheatlake

STEVENS T. MASON BUILDING ● P.O. BOX 30028LANSING, MICHIGAN 48909-7528

www.michigan.gov/dnr ● (517) 373-2329


 

State of Michigan

 

JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM

governor

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Lansing

REBECCA  A. HUMPHRIES

director

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2005

 

Contacts: Pat Hallfrisch 906-635-5281 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                                           

 

Open Houses to Focus on Sault Area State Forests

 

The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses on Nov. 2 and 3 to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments proposed for 2007 in the Sault Ste. Marie management unit.

 

The Nov. 2 open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the DNR Naubinway Field Office located at W11569 U.S. Highway 2 in Naubinway. This meeting will be for west Mackinac County. The Nov. 3 open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kinross Township Hall located at 4884 W. Curtis in Kincheloe. This meeting will be for Chippewa County.

 

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archaeological sites; mineral, oil and gas activities; recreational use; wildfire potential; social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public or private. Proposed treatments are then designed to insure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

 

The open houses are an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and other management activities, and provide input toward final decisions on those treatments. They also provide 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 each open house, or can be viewed on the DNR’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr in the Forest, Land and Water section. Maps and information also is available by contacting Pat Hallfrisch, Sault Ste. Marie unit manager, at 906-635-5281. Written comments may be submitted by the date of the open house to the Sault Ste. Marie Management Unit, Box 798, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

 

Each forest management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Nov. 2 open house focuses on Garfield, Hendricks, Hudson, Moran and Newton townships in west Mackinac County. The Nov. 3 meeting focuses on Bruce, Dafter, Drummond, Kinross, Pickford and Soo townships in Chippewa County, as well as the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

 

The formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Village Inn located at 250 S. State Street in St. Ignace.

 

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Pat Hallfrisch at 906-635-5281 a minimum of five working days before the event. Requests made less than five days before these meetings 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.