Lansing, MI -(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses July 23 in Gladwin and July 24 in Harrison to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Gladwin management unit, which includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties and the southern part of Iosco County.
Because the forest is inventoried approximately two years in advance, a “year of entry” is assigned to indicate when treatments will be prepared. Information currently under review has a 2016 year of entry.
This means that treatment activities on lands being reviewed this year will actually begin in 2016.
The open houses are set for the following times and locations:
- Gladwin Field Office, 801 North Silverleaf, Gladwin
- Wednesday, July 23, 3 to 6 p.m.
(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin and Midland counties)Trees near the water
- Redding Township Hall, 8391 W. Temple Drive, Harrison
- Thursday, July 24, 3 to 5 p.m.
(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Clare County)
Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, fisheries and other resource managers. The age, health, quality and quantity of trees and other vegetation are assessed to enable DNR staff to make informed decisions.
Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.
Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources.
“Open houses are a good way for interested residents, neighbors and stakeholders to learn about the DNR’s proposed treatment plans and to share input with foresters and biologists before any final decisions are made,” said Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division.
“This year we’re inviting folks who might not be able to get to a meeting to share their comments via email with unit managers,” he added. “When it comes to the health and sustainability of our state forests, we want the planning process to be as inclusive as possible.”
To more easily and efficiently oversee the forest resources, the DNR divides each management unit into smaller units or “compartments.”
This year, the compartments under review are in Moffatt, Deep River, Adams and Arenac townships (Arenac County); Frost, Redding and Summerfield townships (Clare County); Tobacco and Clement townships (Gladwin County); and Edenville Township (Midland County).
Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house, but can also be found at Michigan Forestry. Compartment review packets for the 2016 year of entry can be found by selecting the shown map and clicking on the “Gladwin” button. Records of decisions, recorded timber harvests and other treatments for past years are available on this page.
On July 30, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will take place:
- Harrison Field Office, 2115 Sullivan Drive, Harrison
- Wednesday, July 30, 9 a.m.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for either meeting should contact Jason Hartman, 989-426-9205, ext. 7640.
Anyone unable to attend any of the meetings may submit comments via email to Jason Hartman ([email protected]) using the subject line “Gladwin state forest open house comment.”
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