Joyce Angel, Unit Manager
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The Gaylord Unit manages over 315,000 acres of state forest lands in Cheboygan (SW of Black River), Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties.
Click on the map to view the Gaylord Forest Management Unit
Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on current management strategies and specific State Forest compartments
The Open House: Your Opportunity to Participate
Each year, management recommendations are presented at open houses. As the name implies, open houses are informal sessions that give citizens an opportunity to speak with foresters, wildlife biologists, and other resource professionals. The inventories, compartment maps, and recommended management actions are available for the public to look at and provide suggestions to MDNR staff.
2018 Year of Entry Open House Schedule
The Compartment Review: The Final Plan
Modifications to the management recommendations are then incorporated into a finalized compartment plan to be presented at the "compartment review". The compartment review is a formal presentation that incorporates information from the initial inventory, the multi-disciplinary input period, and the open house. The presentation outlines the formal management plan for the compartment and includes an explanation of forest treatments if any are proposed.
2018 Year of Entry State Forest Compartment Review Schedule
The Indian River Office (Gaylord North) is located in Cheboygan County and covers the western two-thirds of Cheboygan County, and all of Emmet County. Pellston Field Office in Emmet County is a one-person field station. Three campgrounds are managed out of the Indian River Office, along with ORV trails, snowmobile trails; rail trails, and the National North Country Hiking Trail.
The Gaylord Field office (Gaylord South) is located in Otsego County and covers the western two-thirds of Otsego County, all of Antrim and Charlevoix County. Bellaire Field Office in Antrim County is also a one-person field station. Natural gas development has been part of the land use in this area. Five campgrounds are managed out of the Gaylord and Bellaire offices, along with snowmobile trails and hiking and skiing trails.
Our unit has many miles of Great Lakes shoreline on both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. This includes a number of islands, featuring the Beaver Island Archipelago and Bois Blanc Island located in the Straits of Mackinac.
Land type varies from jack pine plains to rolling northern hardwood forests intersected by trout streams and dotted with numerous lakes. In fact, five world class trout streams have their origin in Otsego County: the Ausable, Manistee, Sturgeon, Pigeon, and East Branch of the Black.
The Jordan Valley Management Area located in northeast County is part of a Special Management Area. The Jordan River is the first designated natural and scenic river in the state, and it offers panoramic views at both Deadman's Hill and Landslide Overlook.
There are two other special management areas in Otsego County- the Crapo Lake Kirtland's Warbler Management Area, comprised of 3,200 acres of jack pine plains, and part of the Camp Grayling National Guard Training Area with 4,500 acres in the Gaylord Unit.
All State Forest Compartment Review maps and documents are drafts to be used for general planning purposes. Links to these documents will be removed after the review occurs.
For a map of the Gaylord Forest Management Unit's 2018 compartments, view the Gaylord Locator Map.
The Gaylord Forest Management Unit has 2018 YOE Review packets available for the following compartments. The packets were posted May 20, 2016 unless noted otherwise:
- Compartment 006 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 008 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 018 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 029 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 034 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 053 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 060 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 114 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 115 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 121 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 124 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 131 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 137 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 145 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 152 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 155 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 173 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 175 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 220 Narrative, Maps and Reports
In addition to the review of these forest treatments, the DNR will be seeking public input regarding special conservation areas, or areas recognized as having unique values, such as old growth, springs or wildlife habitat corridors. This review will utilize the most up-to-date categories of special conservation areas and values.
- Gaylord Special Conservation Area Recommendations Report
- Special Conservation Area Review Interactive Map
2016 YOE Compartments
2015 YOE Compartments
2014 YOE Compartments
2013 YOE Compartments
2012 YOE Compartments
2011 YOE Compartments
2010 YOE Compartments
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2008 YOE Compartments
2007 YOE Compartments