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DNR Dedicates Augusta Creek SWA to Former DNR
Director June 28th
Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend the
June 28 rededication of the Augusta Creek Wildlife Area in Kalamazoo
County. Recently, the area was renamed the Dr. Gordon Guyer Augusta Creek
State Wildlife Area as a tribute to Guyer, a tireless advocate for
Michigan’s natural resources who died last year at the age of 89.
The celebration will take place 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the area. The
entrance to the wildlife area is near East C Avenue and North 43rd Street
in Augusta. Signs will be posted near the intersection directing cars to
the event. DNR Director Keith Creagh, members of the Guyer family and
other friends and partners will speak at the event. Light refreshments
will be served.
Guyer served as DNR director from 1986 to 1988 and was involved in the
discussions and evaluation of dedicating the Augusta Creek State Fish and
Wildlife Area. Guyer was raised in Augusta and was an enthusiastic hunter,
angler and conservationist.
“Dr. Guyer was passionate about Michigan’s world-class natural resources
and made a significant, positive impact over the years,” said Director
Creagh. “The DNR is honored to name the Augusta Creek State Wildlife Area
for Dr. Guyer. This area is one he truly cared about and helped create.
Having this area bear his name will memorialize for future generations Dr.
Guyer’s many contributions to the state he loved.”
Guyer graduated from Michigan State University, receiving his bachelor's
degree, master's degree and doctorate in entomology. He joined the MSU
faculty in 1953 and held many leadership roles on campus. He was the
director of MSU Extension from 1973 to 1985, vice president for
Governmental Affairs, and MSU president from 1992 to 1993. He held
director positions at the DNR, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and
the Kellogg Biological Station. Guyer traveled extensively for scientific
research and in the mid-1970s led one of the first American scientific
groups allowed to visit China. He later traveled to Africa under United
Nations sponsorship to develop plant-protection education and research
efforts in eight countries.
The Dr. Gordon Guyer Augusta Creek State Wildlife Area comprises
approximately 386 acres and is dedicated to fishing and hunting. The
property was purchased with assistance from the Michigan Natural Resources
DNR Celebrates Herpeto-Fauna at MI Wildlife Weekend at State Parks
Michigan Department of Natural Resources will highlight herpeto-fauna
(reptiles and amphibians) during Michigan Wildlife Weekend (June 23-25),
with three days of outdoor education programming in a handful of Michigan
state parks. The family-friendly programs are free for campers and
This year's program will feature pond and wetland hikes, animal
identification programs and other interactive activities. Participants
will learn about frogs, turtles, snakes, salamanders and other interesting
creatures. The annual program features a different group of animals each
year, while providing a fun and educational experience for the whole
Michigan Wildlife Weekend and many other programs are led by state park
Explorer Guides and park interpreters who work in the park and present a
variety of outdoor education opportunities in nearly 30 Michigan state
parks. These enthusiastic, nature-minded folks lead hikes, activities and
programming that shine a spotlight on each park’s unique resources.
To find nearby Michigan Wildlife Weekend programs, visit
and look for Wildlife Weekend under Special Programs. To see all available
Explorer programming throughout the summer,
view the interactive map or alphabetical list of
Michigan Releases Draft Plan to Improve Lake
Erie Water Quality
– State leaders today shared Michigan’s draft Domestic Action Plan for
Lake Erie—a targeted approach for improving water quality and helping to
prevent algal blooms, making it safer for people and aquatic life.
The draft plan will be available for public review and comment through
Friday, July 14, at
www.michigan.gov/deqgreatlakes. Comments can be emailed to
DEQ-LakeErieDAP@michigan.gov or mailed to Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Attn: Lake Erie DAP, P.O.
Box 30458, Lansing, MI 48909.
A public information meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 6:30-9:00
p.m., in the Baer Auditorium (Room 110) in Jones Hall on the campus of
Adrian College, located at 112 S. Charles St., Adrian, MI 49221.
Crafted by the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources, the plan aims to reduce the
amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie to help prevent persistent,
intense algal blooms in the western part of Lake Erie, including those
that are unsafe for people, and address low dissolved oxygen in the
central basin of Lake Erie.
Michigan’s plan sets the roadmap for how the state will do its part to
reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.
According to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Director Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan’s plan outlines current efforts and
articulates concrete actions the state will take to improve Lake Erie.
“Although state agencies and other stakeholders are conducting more and
better research on the Western Lake Erie Basin and improving best
practices for agriculture and wastewater treatment, our Domestic Action
Plan lays out additional key strategies for wetland restoration, invasive
species research, tightened permit requirements for sewage treatment
facilities, and customized farm operations,” said Clover Adams.
Algae are natural components of marine and freshwater systems, and not all
algae are harmful, but too much algae, like in Lake Erie’s western basin,
is an indication of an imbalance in the ecosystem. There are many reasons
why the Western Lake Erie Basin is susceptible to algal blooms.
invasive species to heavy rainfall run-off to increasing temperatures,
there are many ecological challenges we are working to understand,” said
C. Heidi Grether, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality. “Fortunately, with strong support from Gov. Snyder and actions
such as declaring Lake Erie an impaired water, Michigan is poised to find
Recently, Michigan joined Ohio and Ontario in the signing of the
Western Lake Erie Basin Collaborative Agreement and the Lake Erie
Basin was included as a priority action area in
Michigan’s Water Strategy.
Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources,
encouraged cooperative action across local, state and national governments
to benefit Lake Erie.
“Lake Erie is one of Michigan’s defining natural resources,” Creagh
said. “If we want to ensure that the lake continues to be a source of
drinking water and a great place for recreation for the region and the
state, it is imperative that we work together to provide solutions.”
Michigan’s Domestic Action Plan is one of several plans from
surrounding states, the province of Ontario, and the U.S. and Canadian
federal governments. The final version, along with plans from other Lake
Erie Basin states (Indiana, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania), will be
integrated into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s comprehensive
plan, scheduled for release in February 2018.
Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative Annual
Report for 2016
14JUN17-Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative coalition partners
recently compiled a
2016 annual report, now available at
of the report, which details the initiative’s accomplishments in 2016,
|Sixteen pheasant cooperatives actively are working, with 14 more
currently in development.
|On state game areas, 2,053 acres of grasslands were enhanced, 308 acres
grasslands were established, 310 acres of food plots were planted and
acres were enhanced.
|Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative coalition partners helped to
5,567 acres of grasslands, establish 621 acres of grassland, plant
of food plots, enhance 233 wetland acres and restore 1,691 wetland
|The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provided technical and
assistance to 31 landowners, with 1,138 acres of improved habitat. MPRI
biologists provided technical and financial assistance to 566
landowners, with 5,639
acres of improved habitat.
|There are currently 173 properties and 15,841 acres enrolled in the|
Hunting Access Program, which offers public hunting opportunities in
and agricultural areas. Five of these properties, totaling 529 acres,
were added in 2016.
|One hundred and twenty acres of potential pheasant habitat have been
purchased as part of Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve in
Jackson County, and 300 acres of potential pheasant habitat were
acquired in northwestern Monroe County.|
|Over $400,000 was granted to MPRI projects through the Wildlife Habitat
Grant Program, and more than 1,451 grassland acres were enhanced.|
|The DNR received a $500,000 Competitive State Wildlife Grant from the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study grassland management techniques.
Funds will be used over the next three years to monitor the impact of
prescribed fire and disking on plant and pollinating insect diversity in
|The MPRI coalition offered 121 education and recruitment events, with
nearly 7,500 participants, in 2016. |
“The MPRI coalition continues to make great strides in restoring
habitat, providing access and introducing young people to outdoor skills,”
said Pheasants Forever regional coordinator Bill VanderZouwen. “We are
busy setting goals for the second five years of the MPRI Pheasant Plan. We
all need to be advocating for conservation provisions in the next Farm
Bill that affect more farmland wildlife habitat in Michigan than all other
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a conservation initiative
to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations, and hunting
opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives. The
initiative works by acquiring state, federal and other partner resources
to assist landowners in the cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on
their properties and by improving habitat on selected state game areas,
recreation areas or other public lands.
For more information about the Michigan Pheasant Restoration
Initiative, and about pheasant hunting, visit
DNR Moose Survey Results Estimate a Population
13JUN17-Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists
estimate the number of moose in the western Upper Peninsula core
population area at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015.
survey findings this year are encouraging because a possible population
decline detected in 2015 was transitory,” said Dean Beyer, a Michigan
Department of Natural Resources wildlife research biologist who organizes
the sampling and generates the estimate for the biannual survey effort.
The results were reported to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission
Thursday at a meeting in Houghton. A moose hunt in Michigan is not
currently being considered.
Moose are found in Michigan at Isle Royale National Park and in two
population areas on the mainland of the Upper Peninsula.
The western U.P. moose range covers about 1,400 square miles in parts of
Marquette, Baraga, and Iron counties. The population there is the result
of moose reintroduction efforts in 1985 and 1987.
An eastern U.P. moose population, spread across portions of Alger,
Schoolcraft, Luce and Chippewa counties, is estimated to contain fewer
than 100 moose ranging across a 1,200-square-mile area. This population
was not surveyed by the DNR.
Surveys of moose in the western U.P. are conducted every two years from
fixed wing aircraft. Roughly 30 plots are surveyed within the high-density
core population area and about 15 more randomly selected plots surrounding
the core in a low-density zone.
However, winter weather conditions prevented some survey flights this
year, which did not allow researchers to complete the winter 2016-17 moose
survey of some low density transects.
“This will not allow us to estimate moose abundance throughout the
entirety of the western U.P. moose range,” Beyer said. “However, we were
able to generate an estimate for the core area. In the past, this core
zone has supported 80 to 90 percent of the population.”
Prior to this year, the most recent moose survey was conducted in January
2015 to estimate moose abundance in the western Upper Peninsula.
At that time, DNR researchers observed 187 moose during the survey and
estimated a population of 323 animals using a sight-ability correction
model. The 2015 estimate declined about 28 percent from the estimate of
451 moose in 2013.
“Statistically speaking, the confidence limits of the 2013 and 2015
estimates overlapped, so we could not say with statistical confidence that
the population decreased,” Beyer said. “However, for the first time, we
did observe a decline in the proportion of calves in the population,
suggesting a population decline may have occurred.”
The percentage of calves in the moose population was 22 percent in 2013,
17 percent in 2015 and 19 percent this year.
“We will continue to monitor the percentage of calves in the population as
this is an important indicator of the viability of the moose population
over the long-term,” Beyer said.
Researchers think the survey this year, if completed, would have yielded a
total western U.P. population estimate of between 420 and 470 animals.
Given the 2015 moose potential decline and the Moose Hunting Advisory
Council’s recommendation to only allow hunting if a growth rate of greater
than 3 percent is maintained, the DNR did not recommend implementing a
moose harvest in 2015.
Michigan Iron Industry Museum Hosts Antique Car
Show June 18th
Peninsula iron that helped put the world on wheels is coming back to the
Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Commemorating a 120-year-old link between
Michigan’s iron and the automotive industry, the Michigan Iron Industry
Museum in Negaunee will host the 28th annual “Iron, Steel and the
Automobile” celebration Sunday, June 18, from noon to 4 p.m. The event
will feature more than 50 pre-1970 automobiles and light trucks.
Museum historian Barry James noted that, although the auto industry dates
back to 1896, when the Duryea brothers built and sold their first run of
13 motor wagons in Massachusetts, "It was Michigan men like R. E. Olds and
Henry Ford who improved the invention in the early 20th century. They used
steel manufactured from Upper Peninsula iron ore and mass-produced cars.
The automobile went from being a symbol of wealth to a middle-class
Individuals and community partners from across the Upper Peninsula will
come together at "Iron, Steel and the Automobile." Owners and their
vehicles include John West of Marquette with a 1911 Model T, Tammy and
Larry Biciogo of Crystal Falls with a 1919 Dodge Brother’s Model 30,
Darrell Rouna of Ishpeming with a 1932 International Harvester Model A tow
truck and Allen Wall of Kingsford with a 1962 Pontiac Bonneville
convertible. The Michigamme Museum will offer its 1928 Ford Model AA, and
the Marquette Township Fire Department will show off its 1937 Studebaker
fire trucks. All vehicles at the exhibit are in original or
At 1:30 p.m., there will be a special presentation by Robert Kreipke in
the museum auditorium. The Ford Motor Company corporate historian will
examine the many connections between Ford and the Upper Peninsula, which
was a source for the company’s raw materials. Seating is limited.
Music rounds out the day, with the Keweenaw Bluffs band performing popular
music of the Swing Era, as well as music that stirred the youth of the
1950s and early 1960s. Senors Food Truck, coupled with Willy Nilly's Good
and Chilly frozen treats, will offer a variety of summer fare to eat for
Public admission to “Iron, Steel and the Automobile” is a suggested
donation of $3 per vehicle; admission to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum
is free, although donations are appreciated.
The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is a nationally accredited museum
located at 73 Forge Road in Negaunee, eight miles west of Marquette; enter
off of U.S. 41. For more information, call 906-475-7857 or visit
The Michigan History Center is part of the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs foster curiosity,
enjoyment, and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories. It includes the
Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine
Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn
DNR Accessibility Advisory Council Meets
at Motz County Park
Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the
Accessibility Advisory Council will hold its next regular meeting Tuesday,
June 20, at Motz County Park, 4630 N. DeWitt Road, St. Johns, Michigan.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.
The council will receive an update from Kristin Phillips, DNR Marketing
and Outreach Division chief, regarding the department’s marketing efforts,
campaigns and initiatives. The council’s subcommittee on infrastructure
and natural resource programs will present information regarding
department grant application project proposals. DNR Parks and Recreation
Division staff also will give the council an update on the revised camping
policy for accessible campsites.
The council also will receive updates from the DNR's sponsor and the
accessibility team chair, and conduct regular business regarding vacancies
and future meetings.
The June 20 meeting agenda is available on the
council’s web page.
The Accessibility Advisory Council was created by the DNR in 2007. The
council’s purpose is to make recommendations to the department director
and staff regarding accessibility, as well as provide input, advice and
guidance on the development, management and planning associated with
providing accessible recreational opportunities to all users statewide.
The meeting location is barrier-free and there will be an interpreter
present. Those needing additional accommodations to fully participate in
this meeting, seeking information about this meeting, or wishing to
address the council on accessibility issues, should contact the DNR
Finance and Operations Division at 517-284-5946 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay
Center for the hearing impaired) at least seven business days before the
Important information on meeting location in
case of inclement weather:
If the weather is not conducive to having the meeting in an outdoor
setting, the meeting will be moved to the DNR Lansing Customer Service
Center, 4166 Legacy Parkway, in Lansing. A decision regarding the location
of the meeting will be posted on the
Accessibility Advisory Council’s webpage Friday, June 16, at
www.michigan.gov/dnr, under Commissions, Boards and Committees.
Those wishing to present information to the council must submit their
materials in an accessible and descriptive format to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than seven business days prior to the
Michigan Boating Week (June 10-16) Highlights "Freshwater" State
Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and visitors to
celebrate the state's unparalleled boating opportunities and one of the
best freshwater destinations in the world during Michigan Boating Week
June 10th - 16th.
"Water is one of Michigan's greatest natural resources," said Ron Olson,
chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "This weeklong campaign
encourages residents and visitors to celebrate Michigan's vast freshwater
resources and get out and explore all of the on-the-water opportunities
the Great Lakes State affords. Michigan is truly a boater's paradise."
Michigan is home to an estimated 4 million boating enthusiasts and
approximately 1 million registered boats and 300,000 non-registered canoes
and kayaks. In addition, recreational boating has an annual $7.4 billion
impact and the boating industry provides nearly 59,000 jobs across the
“Michigan Boating Week is a great opportunity to highlight the importance
of the boating industry to our state’s economy as well as its importance
to the quality of life," said Nicki Polan, executive director of the
Michigan Boating Industries Association. “Michigan's access to freshwater
resources helps build lakeside communities and boating-related industries
such as tourism, commercial fishing and boat manufacturing and sales.”
The weeklong celebration also includes a handful of events taking place
in harbors across the state and live radio broadcasts that will feature
DNR staff and other industry professionals.
Since residents and visitors are never more than 6 miles from a body of
water or 85 miles from a Great Lake, there are plenty of reasons to take
pride in Michigan's vast freshwater resources. The following freshwater
facts help define why Michigan is the Great Lakes State:
3,288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline.
11,000-plus inland lakes.
36,350 miles of rivers and streams.
1,300 boat launches and 82 public harbors administered by state, county
and local units of government.
More lighthouses than any other state.
Access to 154 species of fish.
A portion of revenue collected from Michigan’s gas tax and watercraft
registrations helps fund state facilities, including 19 harbors and
approximately 1,000 boating access sites. Another portion of that revenue
funds grants to local units of government that oversee 63 harbors and
roughly 200 boating access sites. These resources help fund waterways
projects and the ongoing maintenance at public recreational boating
facilities, benefiting local and regional economies and contributing to
www.michigan.gov/boating to learn
more about Michigan boating, Michigan Boating Week, water safety and much
more. In addition, the Michigan Harbors Guide is available for download
and is designed to offer essential boating information and a list of
locations and amenities offered at state harbors.
For more information, contact Maia Turek, DNR resource development
email@example.com or 989-225-8573 or Nicki Polan at
734-261-0123, ext. 4 or
Comment Period on ORV Rules on Forest Roads in
N. Lower Michigan
Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites public input on a
proposal to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to off-road
vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. The expanded access takes effect
January 2018, as required by
Public Act 288 of 2016.
The department has devoted the past several months to thoroughly mapping
the region’s state forest roads. State forest roads, managed by the DNR,
provide access for activities such as habitat improvement, timber
management, and fire control, as well as public access for hunting,
fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation. Historically, these roads have
been closed to ORV use unless designated as part of an ORV route.
PA 288 encourages more people to enjoy Michigan’s public lands by
enhancing ORV opportunities in the northern Lower Peninsula. Beginning in
2018, all state forest roads in the region will be open to ORV use unless
designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user
safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive
The public is welcome to attend any of the following meetings to review
the proposed changes, ask questions and provide input.
Monday, June 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.|
Quality Inn, 2980 Cook Road, West Branch
Tuesday, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.|
Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
Wednesday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.|
Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord
Comments also can be made by viewing the online map at
www.michigan.gov/forestroads. Instructions are available on the
Alternatively, comments will be accepted via email to
DNR-RoadInventoryProject@michigan.gov or by mail to DNR Roads
Inventory Project, P.O. Box 456, Vanderbilt, MI 49795. The comment period
will close July 15, 2017.
“Michigan offers countless opportunities for outdoor adventures through
the availability and diversity of its public lands,” said Bill O’Neill,
chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “Opening more forest roads
to ORV enthusiasts lets people take full advantage of these recreational
experiences. With the public’s input, we will determine which areas lend
themselves to this type of use and which ones need protection. The result
will be a well-thought out, balanced approach that protects our resources
while encouraging use.”
For more information about the state forest road inventory process,
www.michigan.gov/forestroads. For more information about trails in
Michigan and to sign up for trail email updates, visit
DNR Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig Honored
for U.P. Ice Rescue
Lifesaving Award earned for finding lost boy in hazardous
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer was honored
Thursday for rescuing a boy who earlier this year was lost on dangerous
Lake Michigan ice in the Upper Peninsula.
Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig received the DNR’s Lifesaving Award
during the regular meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in
On Feb. 5, after completing a snowmobile patrol in an adjacent county,
Hartsig responded to a Delta County dispatch call regarding a 10-year-old
boy with special needs who had run away from his family in the Gladstone
area. The boy was last seen crossing the ice on Little Bay de Noc.
Because Hartsig regularly patrols Delta County, he had accurate,
up-to-date knowledge of areas on the bay that had potentially treacherous
ice. Hartsig launched his snowmobile and soon found the boy, who was
wandering about one mile from shore. The child had no shoes, hat or gloves
despite temperatures in the teens and 25-30 mph winds.
Hartsig, a first aid instructor and former paramedic, removed the boy’s
socks and warmed his feet. He then put his own boots, gloves and
snowmobile helmet on the child before racing across the ice to the
Michigan State Police post in Gladstone, where the boy’s mother, a county
sheriff’s deputy and an ambulance were waiting.
“This was a dangerous situation that could have ended tragically,” said
Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division, who presented
Hartsig with the award. “Every minute was critical. But thanks to
Conservation Officer Hartsig’s fast response, first-rate training and
knowledge of his patrol area, the child was reunited with his family. DNR
conservation officers have protected Michigan’s citizens and resources for
130 years. It’s officers like Pat Hartsig who maintain our high standards.
The dedication and professionalism he displayed make him most deserving of
Hartsig has been with the DNR for two years, serving Delta County and the
surrounding area the entire time. He is a native of Romeo in Macomb
Michigan conservation officers are elite, highly trained professionals
who serve in every corner of the state. They are fully commissioned peace
offers with authority to enforce the state’s criminal laws. Learn more at
Changes Made to Lake Trout Regulations on Lakes
Huron and Michigan
its meeting Thursday in Houghton, the Michigan Natural Resources
Commission approved fishing regulation changes regarding lake trout and
splake in lakes Michigan and Huron and Type F drowned river mouth lakes.
These regulations went into effect today, June 9th.
The regulation changes will result in expanded angling opportunities,
|In the Lake Michigan lake trout management units of MM 1 through MM 4,
lake trout and splake will be managed under a new minimum size limit of
15 inches (the maximum size limit regulation has been removed). |
|In the Lake Michigan lake trout management units of MM 6 through MM 8,
the lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all
|In the Lake Huron lake trout management units of MH 3 through MH 6, the
lake trout and splake possession season has been changed to open all
|In Type F drowned river mouth lakes, the lake trout and splake
possession season has been changed to open all year. |
It should be noted that the commission did not adopt proposed
regulations adjustments for lake trout in the Lake Huron management units
of MH 1 through MH 2.
The online version of the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide (available
michigan.gov/dnrdigests) will be updated to reflect these changes.
Information also will be updated on the DNR’s fishing regulations hotline
DNR’s Eastern UP Citizens’ Advisory Council to
Meet in Alger County
12JUN17-The Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is
scheduled to discuss several interesting topics when the panel meets
Wednesday, June 14 in Munising.
New business items will include North Country Trail benefits from Iron
Belle Trail grants, Michigan State Parks on the Air, Michigan Department
of Natural Resources deer regulation recommendations for 2017-19 and state
“If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a council meeting, this
is a great time to do so,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information
officer. “Find out what’s happening in Alger County and elsewhere in the
eastern Upper Peninsula.”
The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P.
counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year.
This month’s session in Alger County will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT
June 14 in the Central Community Center gymnasium, located at 413 Maple
Street in Munising.
During the meeting, DNR staffers will offer division reports. Additional
topics to be considered include updates from the Information and Outreach
Subcommittee, the U.P. Wildlife Habitat Workgroup, information on trails
and the status of chronic wasting disease in the region.
The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the
discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions
on comment procedures, see
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. Since
the councils were created in 2008, more than 70 resolutions have been
Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should
fill out the application form found on the DNR website at
www.michigan.gov/upcac. For more information, contact the DNR Upper
Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.
Artists Wanted to Help Celebrate 100 Years of Elk in Michigan
year marks the 100th anniversary of elk in Michigan. The Michigan
Department of Natural Resources invites artists to help celebrate this
milestone by creating a one-of a-kind poster depicting the history of
Michigan’s elk. The chosen design in the “100th anniversary of Michigan
elk” poster-drawing contest will be reproduced and distributed to elk
enthusiasts across the nation, and the winner will receive an outdoors
In 1918, seven elk were relocated to Wolverine, Michigan, from the western
United States. Today’s healthy and abundant elk population in the northern
Lower Peninsula is due to the management and conservation efforts of the
DNR and partners over the last century.
“We are excited to see different interpretations of the 100th anniversary
celebration of Michigan’s elk,” said DNR wildlife communications
coordinator Katie Keen. “Please share with any artist or designer you
know. A great outdoors prize package will be awarded to the winner, not to
mention that this poster will be shared with elk enthusiasts everywhere.”
Those interested in participating in the elk poster-drawing contest should
submit an email of intent by July 1 to
firstname.lastname@example.org, including the artist’s
name, mailing address and phone number. The final submission deadline is 5
p.m. Tuesday, August 1st.
Contest guidelines are as follows:
|Anyone can enter the contest. Children under the age of 13 need
|Work must be original and submitted by the artist. Entries must
be two-dimensional, created using either traditional methods (pens,
pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, etc.)
or a modern digital illustration process. |
|Designs must portray elk (one or more than one; it's the artist's
choice) in Michigan habitat. |
|The following text must be included within the design: 100th
anniversary, 2018, elk and Michigan |
|Accepted file formats: JPEG, TIFF, PDF |
|Maximum file size 10 MB |
|Submit entries to
|The winner will be contacted in early September.
For hand-drawn designs:
||Entries can be designed on 8.5-inch by 11-inch or 11-inch by
17-inch paper. |
||If the poster cannot be scanned, please photograph it and submit
a high-resolution photograph. |
For digital designs:
||Files should be 20 inches by 33 inches and have a minimum
resolution of 300 dpi. |
||TIFF formats should be flattened. |
||CMYK color space only. |
“Good luck to all the artists,” said Keen. “We can’t way to see all
the different designs.”
Learn more about Michigan elk
DNR and Volunteers Team Up for Natural Resource
12JUN17-Volunteer stewardship workdays are in full swing at state
parks and recreation areas throughout southern lower Michigan.
In 20 locations, from Belle Isle to the dunes of Lake Michigan, people
from all walks of life are rolling up their sleeves, putting on their
gloves and going to work to protect high-quality natural areas from the
threat of invasive species.
Laurel Malvitz-Draper, a natural resource steward with the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources, oversees the Volunteer Steward Program
for parks in southeast Michigan.
The program was initiated in 2006 to protect high-quality natural
areas on state land to provide habitat for species of greatest
conservation need in Michigan, including the eastern massasauga
rattlesnake, monarch butterfly and cerulean warbler.
“We focus on areas with the most potential to protect biodiversity,” said
Malvitz-Draper. “Not just for plants and animals, but for small, lesser
known species like the blazing-star borer moth or the red-legged
Check out a short
Invasive Species Stewardship Workday video available
Sheila Bourgoin, a graphic designer from Saline, has
spent some of her free time over the last six years as a volunteer
steward, combing the woods in the Waterloo Recreation Area for garlic
mustard and other invasive species.
Invasive species are those that are not
native to Michigan and, when introduced, cause harm to ecosystems, the
economy or human health.
“I was looking for something to do in the outdoors, and I heard about
DNR’s stewardship program,” said Bourgoin. “It’s like hiking, but better.
When you are hiking, you’re focused on the destination. Scouting for and
removing invasive plants still involves walking in the woods, but you are
focused on the surroundings, what is next to you or beneath your feet.”
Charity Steere has been a volunteer steward at Waterloo Recreation Area
for the last 12 years. She attended the park’s very first stewardship day,
hoping to learn more about the land and why it needed protection.
“My property is within the park, a private inholding, and the work site
was at a
prairie fen – a rare wetland created by
cold-water springs — only a mile and a half away,” Steere said. “We
autumn olive bushes, and it left me with
a feeling of accomplishment, so I came back for the next event.”
Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest
park in the Lower Peninsula, spanning over 20,000 acres between Jackson
and Ann Arbor. The park offers camping, access to 11 lakes and 47 miles of
hiking trails. It is also home to some high-quality natural areas,
including remnant prairie, prairie fens and southern mesic forest.
Bourgoin, a volunteer coordinator with the DNR's Volunteer Steward
Program, gets an early start each spring, hiking on and off the forest
trails near the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center at Waterloo.
“I usually make several visits in March and April to see where the garlic
mustard is coming up,” said Bourgoin. “This helps me organize the workday
and figure out where to direct the volunteers.”
Garlic mustard is an invasive plant,
originally from Europe, that thrives in wooded areas. It is one of the
first plants to emerge in the spring, and it spreads rapidly, producing
thousands of tiny seeds per plant.
Walking, trail riding and vehicle traffic contribute to spreading the
seeds along trails and into the woods. Left unchecked, garlic mustard can
take over the forest floor, crowding out native species like trillium,
Jack-in-the-pulpit and other forest gems.
On a cool May morning, Bourgoin, a Certified Conservation Steward, leads
volunteers through the woods. This year, the garlic mustard is sparse
along the trails.
She points out a healthy growth of May apples and explains that the
many plants are a colony, connected underground by roots called rhizomes.
It seems the years of volunteer work are paying off.
“I want you to think of what this area would be like if we did not manage
it regularly,” Bourgoin said. “The garlic mustard is in check, but there
are other plants we are looking out for.”
Just a few minutes later, she pulls up a lush vine.
“This is Oriental bittersweet, and it’s becoming a problem here,” she
said, holding the plant.
Imported from East Asia for its bright red ornamental fruit,
Oriental bittersweet has now taken hold
in fields and forests across Michigan, climbing and covering native trees
Other invasive plants, including autumn olive, a silvery-leafed bush, and
Japanese barberry, a small, spiny shrub, are also identified just off the
trail. These plants require different management techniques, including
cutting, herbicide or possibly a prescribed burn.
Steere’s favorite worksite is the remnant prairie along M-52.
Here, volunteers get familiar with
spotted knapweed, an invasive,
grayish-green plant with a thistle-like, purple flower. The plant’s long
tap-root makes it difficult to remove, but management is important because
knapweed releases a chemical in the soil that prevents other plants from
“We started out just removing knapweed across the prairie. Now, we are
focused on smaller areas and removing all the invasive species from these
sections,” Steere said. “We are making progress, and in August it’s
rewarding to see the diversity of native plants in bloom.”
efforts are complemented by a program of prescribed burning conducted by
DNR staff. Burning can be an effective method of reducing early-emerging
plants, including many invasive species, to allow native plants and their
seeds to take hold. The M-52 prairie was burned this spring, and another
high-quality natural area at Waterloo, the Glenn Fen, is subject to
regular burns to increase native plant diversity.
Steere became a stewardship leader in 2008, helping to increase volunteer
days to twice a month at Waterloo.
According to Steere, these extra days still aren’t enough.
“It’s like a huge garden – we’ll never get it all weeded,” she said.
Despite the overwhelming nature of the task, Steere said she persists
“because I’m stubborn, and I believe in the idea – in saving small islands
of native species.”
Stewardship workdays are held nearly
every month at 20 state parks across the southern Lower Peninsula. In
addition to managing invasive species, volunteers help to collect seeds
from native prairie plants, survey for rare birds and insects, and plant
native vegetation to restore natural areas.
“Anyone who enjoys the outdoors, likes to learn new things about areas
they use or may have passed by, or wants to get a closer look at
ecosystems and how they are protected is encouraged to volunteer,” Malvitz-Draper
said. “No experience is necessary. It’s a great opportunity to get
outdoors, and it’s open to all.”
To learn more about all types of volunteer opportunities with DNR,
including stewardship days, visit
Information about identifying and managing invasive species can be found
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When Encountering Michigan’s Snakes, It's Best
to Leave Them Be
Michigan is home to 18 different species of snakes,
17 of which are harmless to humans
Michigan Department of Natural Resources gets many questions this time of
Michigan's snakes. Eighteen different
species of snake call Michigan home, but only one of them poses any real
harm to humans.
“Whether you think snakes are terrifying or totally cool, it is best just
to leave them be,” said Hannah Schauer, wildlife communications
coordinator for the DNR.
The snake the DNR gets the most questions about is the
Massasauga rattlesnake, the only venomous species found in
Michigan. This snake rarely is seen and is listed as a
threatened species by the U.S Fish. and Wildlife
Service due to declining populations from habitat loss. As
its name implies, the Massasauga rattlesnake does have a segmented rattle
on its tail. It should not be confused with the other, harmless species of
snake in Michigan that do not have segmented rattles but will buzz their
tails if approached or handled.
“The Massasauga rattlesnake tends to be a very shy snake that will avoid
humans whenever possible,” said Schauer. “They spend the vast majority of
their time in wetlands hunting for mice and aren’t often encountered.”
Schauer said that when a Massasauga is encountered, if the snake doesn't
feel threatened it will let people pass without revealing its location.
“If you do get too close without realizing it, a rattlesnake will
generally warn you of its presence by rattling its tail while you are
still several feet away,” Schauer said. “If given room, the snake will
slither away and likely will not be seen again.”
Rattlesnake bites, while extremely rare in Michigan, can and do occur.
Anyone who is bitten should seek professional medical attention.
Learn more about the Massasauga and get more snake
Another snake that can cause quite a stir is the eastern hog-nosed
snake, one of the many harmless species found in Michigan. When
threatened, hognose snakes puff up with air, flatten their necks and
bodies, and hiss loudly – this has led to local names like "puff adder" or
"hissing viper." If this act is unsuccessful, they will writhe about,
excrete a foul-smelling musk and then turn over with mouth agape and lie
still, as though dead. Despite this intimidating behavior, hog-nosed do
not pose a threat to humans.
Michigan snakes do not attack, chase or lunge at people or seek out human
contact. If you have spotted a snake, stay at least 3 feet away from the
head to avoid getting bit. Handling or harassing snakes is the most common
cause for humans getting bit. Simply put, if left alone, Michigan snakes
will leave people alone.
To find out what other kinds of snakes Michigan has and how to tell the
difference between them, check out the
"60-Second Snakes" video series on the
DNR’s YouTube channel.
Learn more about
Michigan's snakes by visiting
mi.gov/wildlife and clicking on the
“Wildlife Species” button, then selecting “Amphibians and Reptiles.”
Please consider reporting any reptile or amphibian sightings to the
Michigan Herp Atlas research project to help monitor amphibian and reptile
populations in the state and protect these important Michigan residents
for future generations. Visit
www.miherpatlas.org for more information.
Plan Now for Your Michigan Bird Hunt in the Fall
may feel like fall is a long way off, but for those who intend to try some
upland bird hunting this fall or who are looking for a new hunting
location, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suggests that now
is the time to start planning a fall adventure.
“Preseason planning is a great way to maximize your days in the field,”
said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “Michigan is nationally
known for great ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting, but with millions of
acres of public land to explore, how do you get started? Michigan’s 17
GEMS are great places to start!”
Grouse Enhanced Management Sites (GEMS), found across the Upper and
northern Lower peninsulas, are large blocks of land open to hunting that
are managed for young forests. Young forests offer excellent spots to hunt
and see wildlife because of the thick cover and great food sources
“GEMS are ideal places to get started for nonresidents unfamiliar with the
area, new bird hunters or folks who just thought they’d try a new spot,”
suggested the following steps:
mi.gov/gems for an
interactive map, information about individual GEMS|
and custom maps.
Pick out a GEMS location or two you want to visit,
and use the GPS points or general directions and a county atlas to get a
feel for the area.|
Print off the detailed GEMS maps or save them to
Drive to the informational parking area and get
your bearings. At the kiosk, read about grouse and woodcock, timber
activity and the acres of land nearby that you could also hunt. Note
that there are businesses (listed on the kiosk) that offer a great
discount because they support GEMS.|
Get out and explore.|
Repeat over and over, and take others with you.
Michigan’s grouse season runs Sep. 15th to Nov. 14th and Dec. 1st to
Jan. 1st. Woodcock, a migratory bird, have an abbreviated season,
Sept. 23 to Nov. 6. To hunt grouse and woodcock in Michigan, hunters need
a base license. To target woodcock, they also need the free woodcock
stamp. Everything can be
purchased online at E-License or at one
of the many
license agents across the state.
Millions of acres are open to public hunting in Michigan, and there are
many more locations to hunt beyond GEMS. Use
mi.gov/mihunt, an interactive map
application, to plan adventures anywhere around the state.
If you have questions, call a
DNR Customer Service Center or contact
the DNR Wildlife Division at
DNR Updates Amenities at F.J. McLain State Park
in Houghton County
Construction proposed to begin after Labor Day
06JUN17-Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials
anticipate the park’s modern toilet-shower building will remain open
throughout the 2017 camping season at
F.J. McLain State Park.
Over the past few years, erosion has been a persistent problem at the
park, causing rangers to close some park campsites and other features.
Repairs and upgrades are expected to begin later this year, in accordance
with the park’s recently updated management plan.
The toilet-shower building is one of those park features threatened
by erosion at the park. Over the past several months, because of the
uncertainty of the availability of those services, park officials decided
campers would be charged semi-modern rates for campsites and mini-cabins.
“We appreciate your patience during this transition period and we
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Jamie Metheringham,
unit supervisor for McLain and Twin Lakes state parks. “These new
improvements will be positive developments for McLain State Park, aiding
our park visitors, many of whom faithfully return year and year.”
Work on a new modern toilet-shower building was initially planned to begin
this spring, but has been postponed until after Labor Day (Sept. 4) and
the busy summertime camping season.
Meanwhile, the current facility will continue to be used.
“The building will remain open as along as a major storm event does not
take place and accelerate the erosion endangering the bathroom building,”
Metheringham said. “The semi-modern rate of $18 a night (for this year
only) will still be in place.”
Nearly $3 million has been made available to design and construct master
plan concepts at the park.
The shoreline is expected to continue to erode at the park. These
anticipated changes over the next 60 years are reflected in the park’s
The final master plan can be viewed
The 443-acre park is situated between Calumet and Hancock in Houghton
County, about 10 miles northwest of Hancock, off M-203.
Visitors to F.J. McLain State Park can enjoy a variety of activities
ranging from fishing, windsurfing, berry picking and beachcombing to
camping, rock hounding, sight-seeing and hunting. The sunsets at McLain
State Park are spectacular and the view of the lighthouse is magnificent.
Check out an
F.J. McLain State Park visitor’s guide.
Link here to the
master plan map and the
first phase construction map.
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about reservation opportunities, state park events and other outdoor
Learn more about how the
Recreation Passport gains you access to
103 Michigan state parks and more.
For more information on Michigan’s state parks,
visit the DNR’s webpage.
Fish Research Vessels Expand Knowledge of Great
Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced all four of its
fisheries research vessels are back on the water, beginning their annual
surveys of Great Lakes fish populations.
Surveys conducted by these research vessels are designed to examine and
collect information on all aspects of the lakes’ fish communities and
their habitats. This information is essential in supporting the DNR’s
mission to conserve, protect and manage the billion-dollar Great Lakes
fishery resource for the use and enjoyment of current and future
generations and continues assessment and evaluation work that started in
“The DNR’s Great Lakes research vessels are based in Marquette, Alpena,
Charlevoix and Harrison Township,” said DNR Fisheries Division Research
Section Manager Gary Whelan. “They work throughout the Great Lakes on a
wide variety of assessments and evaluations, beginning this work as soon
as ice has cleared from the lakes and continuing well into November.”
Fisheries assessment and evaluation work on Lake Huron is done by the
research vessel (R/V) Tanner, the DNR’s newest vessel launched in 2016.
This vessel focuses on specific assessments of Lake Huron lake trout and
walleye populations, as well as broader fisheries assessments in Saginaw
Bay and the St. Marys River that evaluate fish community changes in these
valuable Great Lakes systems. The Saginaw Bay evaluations also are
conducted jointly with the R/V Channel Cat, which is based in Lake St.
Clair at the fisheries research station in Harrison Township.
Assessment and evaluation of fish populations in lakes St. Clair and
Erie are entrusted to the R/V Channel Cat, which has been in service since
1968. This vessel focuses its sampling on walleye, yellow perch and lake
sturgeon in these waters that support the highest fishing effort in
Michigan’s Great Lakes waters.
Lake Superior work is conducted by the R/V Lake Char, which launched in
2007. The Lake Char assesses the status of Lake Superior’s self-sustaining
lake trout populations along with other members of the unique fish
community found in that water. Information collected by this vessel is
used to generate annual lake trout harvest quotas to ensure the continued
health of these fish populations and on lake trout sea lamprey wounding
rates, a key mortality factor for this species. The latter effort helps to
guide sea lamprey control work by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
On Lake Michigan, the survey vessel (S/V) Steelhead conducts a variety of
fisheries assessments and evaluations, including spring evaluations of
adult yellow perch, whitefish, lake trout and Chinook salmon populations.
The Steelhead was launched in 1967 and has been in continuous operation
since 1968, making the 2017 survey season the 50th year on the water for
this vessel. Later in the summer, the Steelhead teams up with vessels from
the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to evaluate
lakewide forage fish abundance, which is critical information for the
proper management of trout and salmon in this lake.
Throughout the summer, DNR vessels are visible residents of Great Lakes
ports. When in port, the public is encouraged to visit the vessels and
talk with the crews about fisheries assessment operations.
“When the vessels are collecting sampling equipment and nets or when under
way operating trawls, we ask that the public give the vessels plenty of
operating space as they often cannot easily steer out of the way and have
a lot of mechanical equipment operating that requires the absolute
attention by the crews for safe operation,” said Whelan.
To learn more about the efforts of each of the DNR’s vessels, visit the
DNR Fisheries Division’s Research website at
michigan.gov/fishresearch or check out
the DNR’s online fact sheet about these research vessels.
For a close-up look at the work of DNR fisheries research staff and
some underwater video footage taken by a remote operating vehicle,
visit the Alpena Fisheries Research Station's YouTube
Additional information about other science vessel operations throughout
the Great Lakes can be found at the Great Lakes Association of Science
DNR Reminds Moose Watchers of Traffic Hazards
Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding the public to
remember safety and use caution when stopping along roadsides to look at
moose and other wildlife.
“We have had recurring concerns reported about motorists stopping along
roadsides in the Upper Peninsula to watch and photograph moose,” said Lt.
Pete Wright, a DNR district law supervisor. “We understand seeing a moose
is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people and it can be
tremendously exciting. However, people need to be mindful of the dangers
posed by passing traffic and the animals themselves.”
If stopping along a roadway to experience a Michigan moose
|Pull your vehicle completely out of the traffic
lanes to park. |
|Make sure vehicle has stopped moving before
|Watch behind for oncoming vehicles before opening
vehicle doors. |
|Do not walk through traffic to cross the highway.
|Wait until there is a sufficient opening in
traffic to cross the road. Avoid having to wait in the middle of the
road for cars to pass. |
|Remain aware of where you and others are standing
while watching or photographing wildlife. Keep away from traffic lanes.
Do not rely on motorists to see you and avoid you. |
|Respect moose and other wildlife as the wild
creatures they are. Watch or photograph wildlife from a safe distance.
Do not approach or harass wildlife. |
|Keep a sharp eye out for traffic when returning to
your vehicle. Use safe crossing methods. |
|Watch for approaching vehicles when pulling your
vehicle back onto the roadway. Merge properly with traffic.
“Michigan is fortunate to have moose and a wide array of other
watchable wildlife to enjoy,” Wright said. “However, when doing so, it’s
always best to keep safety in mind.”
For more information on wildlife and wildlife viewing visit
DNR Conservation Officers Investigating Burning
in Benzie County
02JUN17-The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking help
from the public in finding those responsible for burning household items
on public land, near the village of Lake Ann in Benzie County.
On the evening of May 24th, Michigan Conservation Officers received a
complaint about the discovery of approximately 20 burned mattresses and
bed spring frames on state-managed land in Inland Township.
Discovered among the burned mattresses and box springs were
approximately 18 metal head/foot boards. The head boards are identical and
investigators think someone may recognize this large number of these
“It is illegal to dispose of mattresses by burning. It is also illegal to
dispose of household materials on state land,” said Conservation Officer
Rebecca Hopkins. “In this instance, the fire from the burning mattresses
caused the grass and nearby trees to burn and damaged approximately
one-half acre of public land. Had conditions been dryer, this incident may
have spread into a larger forest fire.”
If anyone has information on this incident, conservation officers
ask that they call or text the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline at
1-800-292-7800. Those providing information may remain anonymous.
Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace
officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational
safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties
and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.
Learn more about Michigan conservation officers at
Michigan's State Fish Hatcheries Offer Up-close
Experience for All Ages
Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reared fish at its state fish
hatcheries for more than a century. This summer, the DNR encourages the
public to pay a visit to these unique facilities and see this important
work up close.
Located throughout Michigan, the DNR’s six state fish hatcheries rear and
stock fish for a variety of reasons, including to restore ecosystem
balance, provide diverse fishing opportunities, rehabilitate depressed
fish populations and reintroduce extirpated species.
“Over the course of a typical year the DNR will stock roughly 26 million
fish – many courtesy of its hatcheries,” said Ed Eisch, the DNR’s fish
production manager. “Each of our facilities works hard to produce several
different species of fish and we love having visitors come and see
directly how we do that work.”
To encourage additional visits in 2017 the DNR has launched its
Hatchery Passport Program, which will
reward visitors to all six state fish hatcheries and two select egg-take
weir facilities with a collectible sticker representing each respective
“An ambitious visitor can traverse the state collecting these unique
stickers that are only available in person,” said Eisch. “Those who fill
up their ‘passport’ can then collect a small token of appreciation,
courtesy of the DNR.”
To participate in the Hatchery Passport Program, visit
michigan.gov/hatcheries or stop by any of
the participating locations to download or pick up a copy of the official
Hatchery Passport Program document. Additional instructions are within the
document. There is no time frame attached to this program; it can be
completed at any time by anyone.
The participating locations include:
Harrietta State Fish Hatchery in Harrietta
Marquette State Fish Hatchery in Marquette
Oden State Fish Hatchery in Alanson
Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah
Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Manistique
Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan
Boardman River Weir in Traverse City
Little Manistee River Weir in Stronach
All participating locations should have their collectible stickers
in time for or directly following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
State Record for Bigmouth Buffalo Broken by
Nearly Nine Years Later
Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new
state-record fish for bigmouth buffalo. This marks the first state-record
fish caught in 2017 – and it was caught by an angler who held the previous
state record for bigmouth buffalo from 2008.
The new record fish was caught by Roy Beasley of Madison Heights,
Michigan, in the River Raisin (Monroe County) Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m.
Beasley was bowfishing. The fish weighed 27 pounds and measured 35.25
The record was verified by Todd Wills, a DNR fisheries research manager on
Lake St. Clair.
Beasley held the previous state-record bigmouth buffalo – this one caught
on the Detroit River – from August 2008. That fish weighed 24.74 pounds
and measured 34.50 inches.
“More and more people are enjoying the sport of bowfishing and recognizing
the thrill it can offer those who pursue it,” said Sara Thomas, the DNR's
Lake Erie Management Unit manager. “The river system in Southeast Michigan
offers ample opportunity to catch rather large fish – a huge congrats to
Mr. Beasley for having broken this record twice.”
The DNR reminds anglers who bowfish to properly dispose of all specimens
State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state
record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight and
identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.
To view a current list of Michigan state fish records, visit
DNR Reminds Drone Operators of Wildfire Flight
Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding drone, and other
unmanned aircraft system, operators that state laws restrict drone use at
the scenes of wildfires in Michigan.
Michigan’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act prohibits an individual from
knowingly or intentionally operating a drone or other unmanned aircraft in
a manner that interferes with the official duties of firefighters, police,
paramedics or search and rescue personnel.
“When a drone is in the air at a wildfire, it poses a safety hazard to our
pilots and firefighters, which could require us to ground our spotter
planes and fire suppression aircraft,” said Kevin Jacobs, DNR aviation
manager. “This can prolong the amount of time it takes to put the fire
out, hampers the ability of firefighters to protect lives, property and
other resources, while also jeopardizing the safety of fire crews battling
the fire on the ground.”
Drones and other types of unmanned aircraft systems are becoming
increasingly popular with not only the public, but with governmental
entities, including townships, cities and states.
“We are trying actively to educate operators of these types of aircraft,
hoping they will understand and respect the potential hazards involved and
keep their aircraft away from wildfires,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy
public information officer. “We anticipate operators will see the obvious
value in this restriction. Beyond that, it’s illegal to fly this type of
craft in interference with fire suppression activities.”
Michigan is joining other states, including neighboring Wisconsin, in
working toward a goal of an area free of non-emergency aircraft, including
drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, within a 5-mile radius of
“Voluntary compliance with this request by operators would ensure safer
skies for our dedicated fire pilots,” Pepin said. “We all need the DNR
fire pilots to be safe to help keep our lives, property and resources
Learn more about wildfire safety, including tips on how to prevent
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.