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May 2016
Opened jack pine cones, branches and needles
Fire, jack pine and aspen - understanding a historic relationship

The connection between healthy forests and fire is firmly established, understood by foresters and wildlife managers, and helpful to countless wildlife species. In Michigan forests, there are several tree species that have a long history of dependence on fire, though newer forestry techniques have helped to diminish this need. Aspen and jack pine are two Michigan species that historically relied on fire for survival and regeneration. 

A picturesque section of the 5-mile RiverWalk at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor.
Outdoor recreation in the heart of the Motor City

When it comes to good health, Detroit may have just what you need. It’s widely known that outdoor recreation - or just spending time in green spaces - is linked to improved physical, emotional and mental well-being, and the Motor City has an abundance of these healthy, outdoor opportunities available.

Neal Godby, DNR fisheries biologist, measures the streambed elevation of West Branch Big Creek.
Spring cleaning for streams beneficial to fish habitat

Anglers familiar with Michigan’s rivers in springtime know their steelhead fishing may be inconvenienced by swollen streams, with waters rising up to the top of the riverbanks, making access more difficult. However, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries personnel say this high water, while causing temporary problems for anglers, actually provides essential benefits to fish habitat.

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