Special note to all persons becoming involved in log recovery operations and the marketing of the recovered logs

Contact: Jim Milne 517-284-5559

Please be aware that logs found on the Great Lakes bottomlands are considered to legally be property of the State of Michigan. A permit is required under Part 326 to recover such logs. The removal of such logs without the appropriate permit authorizations and compensation from and to the State constitutes a statutory violation and theft of public property, and will subject involved parties to legal enforcement actions. Additionally, the receipt of any illegally obtained logs would constitute the receipt of stolen property and subject the involved party to applicable legal enforcement actions.

Similarly, the recovery of logs from inland lakes is a regulated activity under the Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the NREPA.  Part 301 prohibits the removal of submerged logs from rivers and streams except for removing obstructions to navigation.  The recovery of logs from inland waters must be authorized by a State permit. On inland waters aside from the issue of log mark ownership the logs may be considered property of the riparian(s) in the recovery area. The recovery of such logs without the appropriate state permit authorization and without the riparian's approval would constitute a statutory violation and possibly theft of private property and will subject involved parties to legal enforcement actions. Additionally, the receipt of any illegally obtained logs would constitute the receipt of stolen property and subject the involved party to applicable legal enforcement actions.