GaylordThe Gaylord Unit manages over 315,000 acres of state forest lands in Cheboygan (SW of Black River), Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties. You can reach the Unit Manager Joyce Angel at 989-732-3541 ext.5440, or send her an email at AngelJ1@michigan.gov
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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.
2016 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.
2016 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.