Fish Stocking Creates Numerous Fishing Opportunities Throughout Michigan

April 18, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 18, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced it is in the middle of its new fish stocking season. This spring you’ll find DNR fish stocking trucks releasing their prized recreational cargo at hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state.

Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. The DNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes this task by rearing fish at its six fish production facilities located throughout the state, cooperatively managing up to 46 rearing ponds and eight Great Lakes imprinting net pen locations, and maintaining a fleet of 18 specialized fish stocking vehicles.

Over the course of a typical year the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 350 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and three coolwater strains of walleye and muskellunge. Beginning in mid-March and ending in early June, the DNR fish stocking trucks will travel well over 100,000 miles to stock between 700 and 1,100 locations.

Michigan anglers have access to four Great Lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. That puts residents and visitors no more than 10 minutes away from quality angling opportunities and world-class fisheries.

Visit the DNR website michigandnr.com/fishstock/ for information on local fish stocking locations.

MTU Professor Receives Department of Chemical Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellowship

April 18, 2017

Houghton, MIApril 18, 2017 – Timothy C. Eisele, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, has been named the first recipient of the Department of Chemical Engineering Endowed Faculty Fellowship. Donations from Michigan Tech’s chemical engineering alumni are funding the fellowship.

Eisele holds a BS, MS and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering, all from Michigan Tech. In his research, he develops bacterial processes for upgrading and extracting iron ores and low-cost reprocessing of industrial wastes such as slags and sludges to recover valuable metals.

“The fellowship will provide me with an opportunity to carry out early-stage proof-of-concept experiments that will lead to externally-funded research projects,” he says.

For the full story, see http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2017/april/tim-eisele-first-recipient-chemical-engineering-endowed-faculty-fellowship.html

Calendar – Youth – Night of Noise at the Library – Apr. 21

April 18, 2017

Marquette – A Night of Noise at the Library will be held on Friday, April 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

The GLOW Club and Marquette Senior High School’s SAFE will host an evening of music and spoken word. Everyone ages 14 and up is invited to attend. The Night of Noise will cap a National Day of Silence, organized to raise awareness of the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ harassment and bullying in our schools. An open mike will follow performances by local musicians, so bring your music or poetry and help us end the silence!

Refreshments will be served and the event is free of charge. For more information, call 226-4321 or email maschnee@pwpl.info.

Calendar – Youth – Story and Craft Hour – Apr. 21

April 18, 2017

Marquette – Story and Craft Hour for ages 4 through 8 will be held on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Education – Spring Genealogy Lock-In – Apr. 21

April 18, 2017

Marquette – The Spring Genealogy Lock-In will be held on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Those interested in researching family history and who have attended a beginning or intermediate genealogy workshop are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Registration is required. The workshop will feature Genealogy Records, Ancestry.com Updates, and free time to do individual research using library resources.

Call the Reference Desk at 226-4311 or e-mail refdesk@pwpl.info to register.

Qualified Forest Program: Application Deadline for 2018 Enrollment is September 1, 2017

April 18, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 18, 2017 – Since June 2013, the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has enrolled more than 370,000 acres of privately-held forestland in the state of Michigan. Excitement about the program continues to grow with new options for enrollment available to landowners based on recent legislative changes.

In order to be eligible for enrollment in the QFP, landowners must have a current forest management plan, written by a forester registered with MDARD.  To qualify for the program, forested parcels have to be at least 20 acres, but not larger than 640 acres in size, per taxing unit (typically a township). Parcels 20-39.9 acres have to be at least 80 percent stocked with forest capable of producing forestry products, while parcels 40-640 acres in size must be at least 50 percent stocked with the same capabilities as previously mentioned. In the event that a landowner cannot meet the stocking requirements, Public Act 107 of 2015 provides another option for landowners to enroll in the QFP. The legislation allows for the combination of agricultural use property with productive forest property, allowing mixed-use landowners to enroll their property under the Qualified Forest designation.  Similar to the regular QFP program, landowners of mixed-use parcels need to have a forest management plan in place prior to their enrollment in the QFP.

The QFP now provides three separate tax benefits for landowners. With a Qualified Forest School Tax Affidavit, enrolled land becomes exempt from a maximum of 18 mills of school operating taxes on non-homestead property. The second benefit is through the Qualified Forest Taxable Value Affidavit, which prevents the uncapping of a parcel’s taxable value when a QFP-enrolled parcel changes ownership. This can provide significant tax savings to the new landowner, provided they remain enrolled in the QFP. Recent legislation now provides a third benefit, through the Transitional Qualified Forest (TQF) option. The TQF option allows for landowners currently enrolled in the MDNR’s Commercial Forest program to transfer their property into the QFP under waiver of penalty, and provides for an incremental increase in tax liability for the following five years. Ownership and acreage restrictions do apply, and the TQF option is only in place until September 1, 2021.

As part of their continued enrollment in the QFP, landowners pay a two-mill equivalent fee annually. This fee is deposited into the Private Forestland Enhancement Fund, which supports opportunities for future timber supplies, forestry-related employment opportunities, and the conservation, maintenance, and enhancement of a sustainable private timber resource.

Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2017, to be considered for the tax exemption in the 2018 tax year. If you have any questions, please contact the QFP staff at 517-284-5630 or mdard-qfp@michigan.gov.