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DNR Forest Management Meeting in Luce and Chippewa Counties Dec. 1

DNR Invites Public Input on Forest Management in Luce and Chippewa Counties Dec. 1

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday, Dec. 1, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2013 in the Newberry Forest Management Unit. The open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Newberry DNR Field Office, located at 5666 M-123 South, in Newberry.

Each year, the DNR inventories and evaluates one-tenth of the state-owned forestland. Department staff gathers information about health, quality, and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use; and wildfire potential. They also evaluate social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods, and use on adjacent public and private lands. The DNR then proposes treatments to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems. These treatments may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and to provide input toward final decisions on those treatments.  It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, and can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/forestplan.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. Compartments under review this year are located in McMillan, Columbus , Lakefield and Pentland townships in Luce County , and Whitefish and Hulbert townships in Chippewa County .

The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at the Training Center of the Newberry Correctional Facility.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Keith Magnusson at 906-293-3293, ext. 4745, a minimum of five business days before the meeting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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