DNRE Hosts Open House in Grayling Forest Management Unit

DNRE Hosts Open House in Grayling Forest Management Unit on Oct. 13

Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan –-(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources and Environment will host an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2012 in the Grayling Management Unit.

The open house will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Grayling Forest Management Unit office on M-93 in Grayling.

Each year, the DNRE inventories and evaluates one-tenth of state-owned forest. Personnel gather information about the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use and wildfire potential. They also evaluate social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods, and use on adjacent public and private lands. The DNRE then proposes treatments to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems. These treatments may include timber harvesting, replanting, and other management activities.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and to provide input toward final decisions. It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, and can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Forests, Land & Water section.

Each forest section is divided into smaller units or compartments for easier management of the resources. Compartments under review this year are in Frederic, Maple Forest, Lovells, Grayling Charter and Beaver Creek townships in Crawford County; and Greenwood, Elmer and Clinton townships in Oscoda County.

The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Grayling Forest Management Unit office in Grayling.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Susan Thiel at 989-348‑6371, extension 7440 a minimum of five business days before the meeting.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.