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E-M:/ Land Consolidation Strategy for Clare, Gratiot and Isabella Counties



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2006

Contact: Kerry Wieber 517-373-9905 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                                	

Land Consolidation Strategy for Clare, Gratiot and Isabella 
to Be Reviewed at Meeting on April 13

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land consolidation strategy for Clare, Gratiot and Isabella counties is slated for Thursday, April 13, at the Doherty Hotel conference room located at 604 N. McEwan in Clare. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the meeting, DNR staff will review the state-owned parcels that fall outside of DNR project boundary lines for state parks, forests, game and wildlife areas, recreation areas and other DNR facilities. Parcels have been reviewed by the DNR for retention, alternative conservation ownership or disposal, and the recommendations discussed at these public meetings are preliminary. 

The details for the parcels in each county can be found at the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrlandreview.

In Clare County, 61 parcels totaling 1,089.75 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 45 parcels totaling 663.18 acres. The remaining 16 parcels totaling 426.57 acres have been identified as land to dispose. No parcels have been recommended for alternative conservation organizations or local units of government to manage.

In Gratiot County, seven parcels totaling 89 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of five parcels totaling 76 acres. Two parcels totaling 13 acres are recommended for an alternative conservation organization or local unit of government to manage. No parcels were identified for disposal.

In Isabella County, seven parcels totaling 8.71 acres will be reviewed. Of those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of five parcels totaling 4.71 acres. Two parcels totaling four acres were identified for disposal. No parcels were slated for management by an alternative conservation organization or local unit of government.

Every seven months, the DNR reviews 10 counties to determine which parcels will be disposed of and which will be retained. These parcels are outside of the new project boundaries for all state parks, recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, and state forests adopted by the DNR in 2004. Once the reviews are completed by the DNR field staff, the parcels are classified one of three ways: retention under state ownership and DNR management, transfer to another unit of government or an alternative conservation organization or disposal because the parcel has limited natural resource, recreational or cultural value. Parcels are identified for retention by the DNR for a myriad of reasons, including public recreational opportunities, hunting opportunities, wildlife habitat or water and boating access.

The DNR Land Exchange Review Committee will incorporate public comments into its final recommendations to DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, who will sign orders to retain or dispose of the parcels.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Kerry Wieber at (517) 373-9905 a minimum of five working days before the event.  Requests made less than five days before this meeting 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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