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  • A black-necked stilt at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Rockwood on the western Lake Erie shore Celebrate American Wetlands Month in May

    May is American Wetlands Month – a time to appreciate and enjoy these unique watery areas that are home to some of the most biologically diverse plant and animal life. Michigan has countless wetland areas scattered across the state, including seven the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has called "Wetland Wonders."

  • Kevin Sayers, manager of the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, in front of Detroit skyline Urban, community forests add much to Michigan's scenic and economic landscape

    It’s been said the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second best time is today. Looking at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ long record of forest protection and management on state forest land and in plenty of urban areas, it’s a theory clearly subscribed to by many DNR staff and partners. And for good reason. Whether in public forests, private woodlots or right outside your front door, trees provide us with important ecological, economic and social benefits.

  • Logs piled up on a timber site in Marquette County, ready to be hauled out. DNR experts explain the value of forest inventory

    Store keepers take inventory. Car dealers take inventory. Fast food restaurant managers take inventory, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources foresters take inventory, too. Each year, DNR foresters survey roughly 400,000 acres of state forest lands to find out what’s there. Over the course of a decade, the state’s entire 4 million acres of state-managed forest land are inventoried.

  • A DNR pilot photo shows wildfire from the air in the Upper Peninsula. DNR wildfire pilots have stressful, rewarding jobs

    Experts tell us that stress is a killer. Yet, the small handful of pilots who fly missions for the DNR said they wouldn’t trade their high-pressure occupations for anything. Soaring above the smoke and flames of raging wildfires, searching for wildlife or aiding conservation officers as eyes in the skies, these pilots are a talented breed. And while these aviators do work for a number of DNR divisions, their main job is to look for, report on and guide ground personnel who fight wildfires.

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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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