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Outdoors

Column: Stop, look both ways and listen

“If you want to taste the water, gotta come to the river,” – Gary Louris — — — MARQUETTE — In the far eastern reaches of the county, where the lines of demarcation commence, there lies what some might consider to be a river of little importance flowing sluggishly into Lake ...

Provide input on 2020 deer hunting rules

LANSING — A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation recently was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. The regulations, proposed for the 2020 deer hunting season, are scheduled for an NRC vote in June. We ...

ORV trail section to close temporarily in Keweenaw County

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Logging operations on private property along a section of the state-managed off-road-vehicle B Trail in Keweenaw County will force temporary closure of the route beginning June 1. “The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be closing the B Trail between Phoenix ...

DNR wants hunter input on deer hunting rules

LANSING — A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to COVID-19 public ...

Column: Playing in the dirt is good medicine

“Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow, do you understand my pain?” – Bob Dylan — — — MARQUETTE — When I walk or drive down the dusty streets of these old iron ore towns it’s easy to view a dilapidated vacant building and see the shop or store there that no longer ...

Column: Campfire’s glow shapes a chilly U.P. night

“You fill up my senses like night in a forest,” – John Denver — — — MARQUETTE — The dark red and orange coals of the dying campfire glowed in the blackness of an early May night. It was shivering cold tonight for this time of year. With an old, gnarled apple tree branch ...

ORV riders asked to take extra precautions

LANSING — Although motorized trails are open to the public, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources urges off-road enthusiasts to use even greater care when riding trails this spring. Due to the updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (now extended through May 28) and the ...

Column: The coronavirus quarantine pandemic blues

“I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,” – John Lennon — — — MARQUETTE — Dragging around the house, bogged down with them coronavirus quarantine pandemic blues, I knew I had to break out — or at least try. I’ve been on a surreal rollercoaster ...

DNR plans single trail corridor for portion of Houghton County

HOUGHTON — In consultation with local officials, trail sponsors and legislators, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working toward construction of a single multi-use trail corridor between Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. However, given anticipated negative impacts to state and ...

Column: A journey down a well traveled pathway

“That night I dreamed in peaceful sleep of shady summertime, of old dogs and children and watermelon wine,” – Tom T. Hall — — — MARQUETTE — With the bony, white claws of the Wintermaker still clutched tightly around late April, I followed my footprints down the driveway ...

DNR updates changes proposed for Silver Lake Basin boating access site

MARQUETTE — Having gathered public input from boaters and anglers, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will not develop the Silver Lake Basin boating access site in Marquette County as a walk-in-only facility. Earlier this year, the department said it was considering installing a ...

Column: Between black and white and shades of gray

“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River where paradise lay,” – John Prine — — — MARQUETTE — The difference between black and white is a big contrast. It’s easy to see. Hard to forget. It makes a strong and lasting first impression. I ...

Better days will be coming, rest assured

“Way up on Bear Creek, watching the sun go down. Well, it makes me feel like I’m on my last go ‘round,” – A.P. Carter — — — MARQUETTE — As the afternoon light dwindled, a drab gloom that had fallen over the scene the night before continued to hang around, as it had all ...

Can I still go fishing during restrictions?

LANSING — The Department of natural Resources is receiving questions about how COVID-19 is affecting outdoor recreation. Right now, yes, fishing is permitted, and the 2020 season opened April 1. In fact, fishing is one outdoor activity that can be done with proper social distancing — just ...

Forest Legacy Program applications

LANSING — The value of thriving green spaces where people can spread out and enjoy nature perhaps has never been more apparent than now, as the world adapts to life with COVID-19. In Michigan, some of our most beautiful public land is made possible through the Forest Legacy Program, a ...

Updated Michigan forest road maps now available online

LANSING — As part of PA 288, the DNR is required to notify the public of changes to state forest road maps. New maps are available online in both an interactive web format and printable map. The maps - updated each year based on data of changing road conditions - show which state forest roads ...

Column: Memories of a little cabin on Lake Superior

“Someday I think I’d like to paint a seascape, if they ever get the ocean to stand still,” – Tom T. Hall — — — MARQUETTE — Back in the shadowed corners and cobwebbed shelves of my mind rests a little cabin of modest construction that sat along the sandy shores of Lake ...

Column: Wildlife have their own habits

“Valentine is done, here but now they’re gone,” – Donald Roeser — — — MARQUETTE — Amid these days of aquamarine and bloodstone, the clocks here have all wound forward shifting many in the human world into a weary and dreary daze, a sleep-shaken, depression-tinged state of ...

DNR, MSU seek more chronic wasting disease research proposals

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are once again seeking proposals for research that addresses priority concerns related to the management of chronic wasting disease in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. In 2019, the Michigan Legislature, ...

Public meeting on shooting range slated

MARQUETTE — Anyone interested in learning more about the latest developments of a shooting range in Richmond Township in Marquette County is encouraged to attend a March 26 meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of ...