U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Baraga

BARAGA — From a new deer migration study and conservation officer staffing to a fisheries partnership and U.P. shooting range updates, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of interesting topics at its Jan. 18 meeting in Baraga.

“During this council meeting, the council will hear all about our new deer migration study to take place over the next several years in the U.P.,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “There will also be discussion on a new fish stocking partnership and the latest information on plans for the only DNR public shooting range in the U.P., which is slated to be built in Marquette County.”

The council meeting will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. EST at the Baraga Lakeside Inn, located along U.S. 41 in Baraga.

“I am always impressed with the amount of information exchanged during the meetings between the council members and DNR staffers. This public forum is a great resource for all who attend,” said Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator. “We always welcome public input and we have staffers available to answer questions members of the public might have about DNR issues in the western U.P.”

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods during the meeting (for instructions, see www.michigan.gov/upcac).

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

For more information, contact the DNR at 906-226-1331.