Showcasing the DNR

  • Graphic with MNRTF 40th, 1976-2016, with beach/dune image in background Trust Fund 40th anniversary: The Top 10 List

    Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1976, the Trust Fund has bankrolled more than 2,000 projects buying land and land rights or developing outdoor recreational projects. Read about 10 of the more noteworthy projects. 

  • The 2016-2017 Michigan's Living Resources patch features the state bird, the American robin Nongame Wildlife Fund helps aid comeback success stories

    The Nongame Wildlife Fund is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing critical projects vital to the needs of Michigan's endangered, threatened and nongame animals, plants and their habitats. Since its inception, the fund has raised nearly $24 million in support of critical projects for nongame species, which includes more than 80 percent of Michigan’s wildlife.

  • Stagecoach exhibit in the barn at Walker Tavern Historic Site Walker Tavern upgrades help revitalize area visitation

    The Walker Tavern was once a bustling stagecoach stop, a hub where travelers rested along the road from Detroit to Chicago in the mid-1800s. Now, more than 150 years later, the Walker Tavern Historic Site is experiencing a revitalization that has the junction hopping once again, thanks in part to recent renovations and enhanced programming. The historic tavern site is located inside Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, at the intersection of U.S. 12 and M-50, about 35 miles west of Ann Arbor, 5 miles south of the village of Brooklyn in Jackson County, Michigan.

  • Jacob Burton works with a Pulaski to dig out a hot spot on a wildfire in Marquette County Varied experiences help DNR firefighters continue training

    For wildland firefighters, training is a continual endeavor throughout their careers. With typically several large wildfires burning in the western United States each summer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is often among those agencies called upon to send available firefighters and equipment to help battle those challenging wildland blazes, which often blacken thousands of acres. The chance to work on fires big and small provides opportunities for veteran firefighters to team up with those new to firefighting, to pass on tips and skills, and for those just learning, to gain important hands-on training under real-life wildfire conditions.

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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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