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Showcasing the DNR

  • Jim Harding shows off an adult wood turtle he found on an excursion on an Upper Peninsula river.Michigan State University researcher gives rare turtles a head start on survivalJim Harding, an instructor and outreach specialist with Michigan State University's Zoology Department, has been studying the wood turtle population along an Upper Peninsula river since 1969. One of 10 species of turtles that live in Michigan, wood turtles are a species of concern, and Harding is helping raise turtles in hopes of increasing their survival rates.
  • The American woodcock is a Michigan DNR featured species for early successional forests.Michigan DNR adds 'featured species' approach to habitat managementFrom pine barrens to oak savannah, prairie fens to young aspen, state-managed land in Michigan offers a vast array of ecosystem and habitat types, which all call for differing approaches to habitat and wildlife management. To best manage these various habitats, as well as effectively measure outcomes and engage the public in discussing and developing plans and goals, the DNR Wildlife Division has adopted guidelines that put the focus on "featured species" found in each ecosystem or habitat type.
  • Dimondale's Danford Island Park.Small park illustrates big impact of Michigan Natural Resources Trust FundResidents attending the dedication of Danford Island Park in the village of Dimondale will get a firsthand look at the community good that comes from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars. The trust fund officially marks its 38th birthday this year, but after nearly four decades of funding public outdoor recreation projects in every county throughout the state, it seems clear that it's the people of Michigan who get the best gifts - like Danford Island Park - out of the deal.
  • Volunteer Charity Steere removes invasive garlic mustard at Waterloo Recreation Area.Stewardship volunteers give back to state parksThe DNR's State Park Stewardship Unit organizes volunteer workdays to help protect and restore natural areas at 18 parks in the state park system, across southern Michigan. The workdays focus on natural areas that are known or potential sites for species of greatest conservation need. Volunteers recently came out to remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant, at Waterloo State Recreation Area.

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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive
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