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-----Original Message-----
From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV] On Behalf Of Richard Morscheck
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:27 AM
To: DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV
Subject: Land Consolidation Strategy for Wayne County to Be Reviewed at
Meeting on Feb. 7 in Livonia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2008

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

Land Consolidation Strategy for Wayne County to Be Reviewed at Meeting on
Feb. 7 in Livonia

A public meeting to discuss the Department of Natural Resources' land
consolidation strategy for Wayne County is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 7, in Rooms A and B at the Livonia Civic Center Library located at
32777 Five Mile Rd. in Livonia.
 
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 Wayne County, 108 parcels totaling 171.47 acres will be reviewed. Of
those, the DNR recommends retaining state ownership of 10 parcels totaling
137.5 acres. The DNR proposes offering no parcels for another unit of
government or alternative conservation organization to manage. Ninety-eight
parcels totaling 33.97 acres were identified as property to dispose.
 
Every seven months, the DNR reviews a set of counties to determine which
parcels will be disposed of and which will be retained. Wayne County is
among the final group of counties to be reviewed. 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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