Showcasing the DNR

  • Close-up view of a peregrine falcon that had nested at a Lansing-area power plant. Celebrating 100 years of international bird conservation

    Piping plover. Peregine falcon. Kirtland’s warbler. These species may not be tip of the tongue for every Michigander, but thanks to a number of conservation efforts – and important legislation marking its centennial anniversary this year – these and other feathered fliers remain a big part of Michigan’s birding landscape.

  • Girl tries to determine height of a tree by gazing through clinometer, while classmates look on Marquette County students participate in forestry field day

    About 200 Marquette County schoolchildren recently got a close-up, hands-on look at how consulting foresters operate. From measuring the height of a towering pine, to aging a maple or searching for signs of forestland pests and disease, these kids learned how to see the forest through the trees.

  • Adults tour the Outdoor Adventure Center, crossing the bridge among branches in the Big Tree area DNR's urban outdoor recreation efforts touted

    Detroit recently hosted the annual convention of National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. Representatives from 38 states – and the territory of Samoa – were treated to a tour of a number of recreational facilities operated by the DNR, or at least partially funded by various DNR grants. To a person, they were impressed.

  • After a clear-cut on state forest land near Grayling, signs of regrowth start to emerge Regenerating state forests takes planning, patience

    Forest regeneration is the practice of establishing young trees after the previous stand has been removed. It is part of a process that begins with planning and coordinating timber harvests, and is just another part of a DNR forester’s day-to-day job – they’re planning the makeup of the new forest long before a single tree is cut.

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    The 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!

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