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E-M:/ Meetings Planned for Public Review of State Forest Management Plan

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

July 24, 2006

CONTACT: Cara Boucher 517-335-3354 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Meetings Planned for Public Review of State Forest Management Plan

A series of six statewide meetings has been set for public review of the 2006 State Forest Management Plan, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The plan is part of the DNR?s effort to maintain its forest certification. The DNR was certified in forest management by two independent, third-party organizations earlier this year, signifying that the department manages the state forests in an ecologically sound and sustainable way.
The draft plan is available starting today on the DNR?s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

* Monday, Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Don H. Bottum University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

* Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cisler Center at Lake Superior State University located at 650 W. Easterday Avenue in Sault Ste. Marie.

* Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Alpine Lodge located at 
833 W. Main Street in Gaylord.

* Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at McGuire?s Resort located at 7880 Mackinaw Trail in Cadillac.

* Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Conference Center located at 301 W. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.

* Thursday, Aug. 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Eastern Michigan University Eagle Crest Resort Conference Center located at 1275 S. Huron Street in Ypsilanti.

These public meetings will give citizens a chance to comment on the state forest management plan in each key region of the state,? said DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Chief Lynne Boyd. ?Because forest management touches on many aspects of the ecosystem, from fisheries to wildlife to human uses, it is important that a good cross-section of interested persons attend and voice their views on the plan. Public input is a critical part of the process.?

In addition to the above public meetings there will be a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, 
Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center located at 333 E. Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing. Persons unable to attend the public meetings will be able to provide comments via e-mail at dnr-2006sfmp@michigan.gov. Written comments also can be mailed to the Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.
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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