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July 2016
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.

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.

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