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E-M:/ Public Invited to Comment on Wildlife Area Master Plans

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

October 21, 2005

Contact: Tim Reis 989-684-9141 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                    	
Public Invited to Comment on Wildlife Area Master Plans

The Department of Natural Resources today announced a public meeting to discuss master plans for several wildlife management areas in the Saginaw Bay Management Unit.

An open house to gather information from the public for the Crow Island State Game Area (Bay and Saginaw counties), Bluff Creek US10-M18 Flooding (Midland County), Gagetown State Game Area (Huron and Tuscola counties), and Rush Lake State Game Area (Huron County) master plans will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bay City State Recreation Area's Visitor Center located at 3582 State Park Drive in Bay City.  Area wildlife biologists will be available to informally meet with the public to answer questions and accept input.  The DNR will accept written public comments on master plans for 30 days following the open house.  For additional information, contact the Saginaw Bay Management Unit Office in Bay City at (989) 684-9141.  

The meeting is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about Michigan's state game and wildlife areas and provide comment on area plans.
Master plans articulate the strategic direction for management of lands administered by the DNR Wildlife Division. These lands were purchased and dedicated specifically for wildlife restoration and wildlife-related recreation. Multiple use of these areas is encouraged, provided it does not interfere with the primary purpose of restoring wildlife habitats and wildlife populations. 

The state game and wildlife areas are purchased and managed with a mix of hunter license fees and federal funds. The majority of the federal funds are from the Wildlife Restoration Act, which is money generated from federal excise taxes on firearms and ammunition.  

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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