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 to at the DNR Naubinway Field
Office located at W11569 U.S. Highway 2 in Naubinway. This meeting will be for
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
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,
The formal compartment
review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, at the Village
Inn located at
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.