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-----Original Message-----
From: Department of Natural Resources publications list
[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV] On Behalf Of Mary Dettloff
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:25 AM
Subject: DNR Seeks Public Input on Revision of Michigan Threatened and
Endangered Species List

May 28, 2008

Contacts: Todd Hogrefe 517-373-1263 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Seeks Public Input on Revision of Michigan Threatened and
Endangered Species List

The Department of Natural Resources is requesting public input on
proposed changes to the Michigan Threatened and Endangered Species List.
 In June, four public hearings will be held across Michigan to discuss
the proposed changes.  Individuals can also submit written comments via
e-mail or U.S. mail.

Michigan Public Act 451 Part 365 requires periodic review of the
state's Threatened and Endangered Species List.  Similar to
previous reviews, the DNR convened seven technical advisory committees
to review the list and recommend changes.  The committees consisted of
university researchers, Michigan Natural Features Inventory biologists,
agency staff and other species experts. Each committee offered
recommendations on a particular species group, such as mollusks,
insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and plants.  

Of particular interest may be the proposed removal of the bald eagle
and the gray wolf from the list.  Both species have exceeded population
recovery goals and were removed from the federal list of threatened and
endangered wildlife in 2007, but they are currently classified as
threatened under Michigan regulations.  

Copies of the proposed changes to the list (SOAHR 2007-007 NR) may be
accessed from the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules Web
site at http://www.michigan.gov/orr.  Printed copies may also be
obtained by contacting:  Regulatory Affairs Officer, Office of Legal
Services, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 30028,
Lansing, MI  48909, Telephone: 517-241-2328, FAX: 517-373-8063, or

Public hearing locations and dates are as follows:

Tuesday, June 10: Grayling, Ramada Grayling Conference Center, 2650
I-75 Business Loop;

Wednesday, June 11: Lansing, Michigan Library and Historical Center;
702 W. Kalamazoo St.;

Monday, June 16: Newberry, Comfort Inn, 13954 State Hwy M-28;

Tuesday, June 17: Houghton, Michigan Technological University, 1400
Townsend Dr.;

At each location, an informational session will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern
and the formal public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m.  All interested
persons are invited to attend and present their views. It is requested
that all statements be submitted in writing for the hearing record.  

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for effective
participation in the meeting should contact Alice Stimpson at
517-335-3453, or stimpsoa@michigan.gov, at least seven days prior to the
meeting date to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. 

Written comments may be submitted to the DNR via email to
endangeredspecieslist@michigan.gov or via hard copy to Endangered
Species Coordinator, DNR Wildlife, P.O. Box 30444, Lansing, MI
48909-7944.  To be considered during the list-revision process, written
comments or e-mails must be received by 5 p.m. on July 10, 2008. 
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future


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