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September 2016
After a clear-cut on state forest land near Grayling, signs of regrowth start to emerge
Regenerating state forests takes planning, patience

Forest regeneration is the practice of establishing young trees after the previous stand has been removed. It is part of a process that begins with planning and coordinating timber harvests, and is just another part of a DNR forester’s day-to-day job – they’re planning the makeup of the new forest long before a single tree is cut.

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.

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