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E-M:/ Open House for Shingleton Forest Management Unit Planned for Nov. 8 to Review 2007 Treatments

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

October 25, 2005

Contact: Jeff Stampfly 906-452-6227 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014               	

Open House for Shingleton Forest Management Unit
Planned for Nov. 8 to Review 2007 Treatments

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Shingleton to provide information and receive public comment on the proposed forest management treatments for 2007 in the Shingleton Forest Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DNR Shingleton Field Office located at E12340 M-28 in Shingleton.

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate about one-tenth of the state forestland. Information gathered spans a wide range of social, biological and economic factors. It includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites and minerals; recreational use; wildfire potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, both public and private. Proposed treatments are then designated to insure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and to provide input toward final decisions on those treatments. It also provides 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 the open house and can be accessed online at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Forests, Land and Water section or by calling Jeff Stampfly, Shingleton unit manager, at 906-452-6227.

Each management unit is divided up into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of resources. Compartments under review this year are in Burt and Munising townships in Alger County; Garden Township in Delta County; and Doyle, Germfask, Hiawatha, Inwood, Manistique and Seney townships in Schoolcraft County.

The formal compartment review to decide on the prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Munising Township Hall located at E9630 Prospect Street in Wetmore.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Jeff Stampfly at 906-452-6227 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.


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