Share ideas on state forest planning
ESCANABA – If you live adjacent to, have a cottage or camp near, or simply like to spend time on the state-managed forest land in Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties, here’s an opportunity to look over and comment on proposed 2018 forest plans for these areas.
September open house
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DNR Wyman Nursery, 480N Park Road, Manistique.
For more efficient oversight, the DNR divides each forest management unit into smaller units or “compartments.” This year, compartments under review are in Burt and Munising townships (Alger County); Garden Township (Delta County); and Doyle, Germfask, Hiawatha, Inwood, Manistique and Seney townships (Schoolcraft County).
Maps and information regarding proposed management activities (treatments) can be found at www.michigan.gov/forestry. Compartment Review Packets for the 2018 year of entry can be found by selecting the “Find a Forest” button and clicking the “Shingleton” button on the map. This information also will be available at the open house.
In addition to the review of these forest treatments, the DNR will be seeking public input regarding Special Conservation Areas, or areas recognized as having unique values, such as old growth, springs or wildlife habitat corridors. This review will utilize the most up-to-date categories of Special Conservation Areas and values.
October meeting – final treatment plans
The DNR will complete its formal compartment review Thursday, Oct. 13, to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at the DNR Shingleton Field Office, M-28 West, Shingleton.
If you have a disability that requires accommodations to attend these meetings, please contact Bob Burnham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-452-6227, ext. 240 at least five business days prior to each meeting.
Those unable to attend either the September or October meetings are encouraged to submit comments via email to Bob Burnham using the subject line “Shingleton Forest Management Unit open house comment.” All comments must be received at least three days before each meeting.
Learn more about the state forest planning process at www.michigan.gov/forestplan.