Showcasing the DNR

  • DNR forester Andrew Hallfrisch marks trees for an upcoming timber cut on national forest lands. DNR and U.S. Forest Service cooperate on 'Good Neighbor Authority'

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has long managed state forests to provide both timber and wildlife habitat. Now, the DNR is working to do the same thing on federally managed lands in Michigan’s three national forests. To do this, the DNR has signed on to a program authorized in the 2014 federal farm bill. The “Good Neighbor Authority” allows state natural resource agencies to assist the U.S. Forest Service and the federal Bureau of Land Management on timber and watershed restoration projects across the country.

  • View of Middle Branch of Ontonagon River tumbling north toward Agate Falls from ORV trail bridge ORV riders see new U.P. trail improvements

    Michigan’s off-road vehicle riders are seeing numerous new ORV trail developments under way, boosting opportunities to enjoy the state’s more than 3,800-mile trail network. These new routes, trailheads and other improvements have been funded by revenue generated from ORV license fees. A great place to see where some of the generated revenue has been invested is the Upper Peninsula, where over a dozen new trail projects were completed recently, boosting the region’s trail system by a total of 263 miles.

  • Pontiac Lake Shooting Range officer Rick Phillips assists a young woman with a youth model rifle. DNR shooting ranges improve to keep pace with target shooting trends

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources' five staffed shooting ranges – at Dansville (Ingham County), Ortonville (Lapeer County), Pontiac Lake (Oakland County), Rose Lake (Clinton County) and Sharonville (Jackson County) – are evolving to meet the needs of a growing, and changing, group of shooting-sports enthusiasts.

  • Volunteer Martha Gruelle helps out with invasive species plant removal at Belle Isle State Park. Volunteers make a world of difference to state's woods, water and wildlife

    To accomplish its mission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been aided greatly by enlisting the invaluable help of volunteers. For many years, the DNR has welcomed volunteers to improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, to monitor rare or unusual species, and to help protect ecosystems at state parks.

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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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