Showcasing the DNR

  • Man, woman and dog by campfire in fire pit at Muskallonge Lake State Park campground Fall head over heels with Michigan camping and lodging

    As the warmth of summer transitions into autumn, many people are gearing up for some cool fall camping to enjoy the colors, hiking, mountain biking, fall fishing or hunting, or just being outdoors with the sights, sounds and smells of autumn. Since residents and visitors are never more than a half-hour away from a Michigan state park or recreation area, state forest rustic campground, state trail or waterway, there are plenty of opportunities to savor Michigan’s great outdoors this fall.

  • The dam over the Pigeon River recently removed through a cooperative effort and legal action. Dam removal brings new life to Pigeon River

    For nearly a century, the Pigeon River in the northeast Lower Peninsula has been a beautiful, blue-ribbon trout stream scarred with a flaw sometimes fatal to fish – a dam situated about 15 miles downstream from the river’s source. Now, after a collaborative effort and litigation involving the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the dam – located near Vanderbilt in Otsego County – has been removed from the landscape, an important accomplishment that has been a long time coming.

  • Man kneeling down to care for a newly planted tree DNR partners with grantees for important habitat improvements on state-managed land

    When the Michigan Department of Natural Resources sought approval for a hunting license fee increase a couple years back, it promised hunters they’d get “more bang for the buck” from the additional funding. The DNR is following through by offering grants to conservation groups, other government agencies and interested individuals to implement wildlife habitat improvements in Michigan.

  • DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory technician Julie Melotti tests deer tissue samples for CWD. Warm, dry weather can trigger wildlife diseases

    Many of us humans truly enjoy the hot, dry weather of a warm Michigan summer. For some wildlife, however, the prolonged heat and drought-like conditions can spell trouble. Given this summer’s hot and dry weather in many parts of the state, staff at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Laboratory in Lansing has been looking at wildlife diseases affecting deer and waterfowl.

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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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