Citizens Can Take Part In State Forest Planning Process
Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:49:04 EDT


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages 3.9 million acres of state forest land and there is a chance for citizens to offer public comment on the management process.

The DNR uses techniques such as timber harvests, tree thinning, planting and prescribed burns to keep forests thriving and healthy. To make the work more efficient and easier to oversee, the DNR divides millions of acres into 15 forest management units, which are further divided into compartments.

Management activity in each forest management unit is finalized two years in advance, and each compartment is formally reviewed once every 10 years.

This summer and fall, recommendations for 2023 are being presented. At this time, open houses will be virtual, with input invited by email, phone or mail during the designated time frame. This gives people the opportunity to offer input to foresters, wildlife biologists and other DNR professionals regarding forest plans.

After the end of each comment period, a public compartment review meeting will take place, where foresters present the DNR’s final decisions on management activities.

Comment periods in June and related compartment reviews include Gaylord and Montmorency areas.

For more information, you can contact the DNR field offices, or check out this story on our news page at WATZ dot com.

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Contact the area unit manager to make arrangements to view the compartment review meeting online or listen over the phone.
· Gaylord: Comments until June 16; compartment review is July 15. Contact Lucas Merrick (MERRICKL@michigan.gov), 989-732-3541, ext. 5440.
· Atlanta: Comments June 8-July 8; compartment review is Aug. 5. Contact Cody Stevens (StevensC@michigan.gov ) 989-785-4251.


Photo:
A forest path at Bell Bay - North of Alpena.

   

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