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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2005

Contacts: Martin Nelson 906-353-6651 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                      	
DNR Hosts Open House on Baraga Forest Management Unit

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 10, to provide more information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2007 in the Baraga Forest Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the DNR's Baraga Operations Service Center located at 427 US 41 North in Baraga.

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forestland. Information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use; wildfire potential and social factors, such as proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public and private. Proposed treatments are then designated to ensure 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, or by contacting Martin Nelson, Baraga Unit manager at 906-353-6651.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. Compartments under review this year are in Baraga, Covington and Spurr townships in Baraga County; Adams and Elm River townships in Houghton County; Greenland and Ontonagon townships in Ontonagon County; and Grant Township in Keweenaw County.
	
The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Ford Forestry Center in Alberta.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Martin Nelson at 906-353-6651 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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