The DNR has plans for clear cutting nearly 40 acres of trees along the Lake Ann Pathway, one of the area's most popular local hiking and cross-country ski trails. The trailhead begins in the parking lot of the Lake Ann State Forest Campground, designated a "watchable wildlife site" by the DNR.
Part of the trail not only follows the shores of Lake Ann, measuring about a mile wide north–south and east–west, but also meanders along two other smaller waters and a stretch of the Platte River, one of the prettiest trout streams in this part of Michigan. The river bottom is so pebbly in areas that it looks golden. In fall visitors come up to a stretch of stream south of U.S. 31 to fish for migrating salmon, and they do so again in spring for steelhead, a lake-run type of rainbow trout.
The area of the clear cut would include almost the entire southern part of the trail along the river and the western portion of the loop.
There is an open house on November 29, 2005 from 3-9pm where the public can ask questions and give input.
In addition you can reach the Unit Manager, Dave Lemmien at 231-922-5280 extension 6840, or send an e-mail to him at DNR-TraverseCity-FMU@michigan.gov.
Additional information can be found at the DNR website at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_31025-66202--,00.html#CRP
The Lake Ann Pathway clear cut is part of compartment 11 http://www.midnr.com/Publications/pdfs/ForestsLandWater/Cmpt_Reviews/Traverse_City/2007/Cmpt011nar.pdf
There are two stands along the pathway that are proposed for clearcutting stand #17 & 7.
~Monica Evans, Traverse Group of the Sierra Club
"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."