Landowners invited to learn how to enhance wildlife habitat on their property, available financial assistance

Contact: DNR Wildlife Division, 517-284-9453 or Anna Mitterling, 517-346-6454
Agency: Natural Resources

Jan. 6, 2016

Throughout January and February, the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, along with other key partners, will host informational meetings in southern Michigan to promote general Conservation Reserve Program enrollment and the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.

“These meetings will provide landowners with valuable information and the necessary tools for creating and enhancing wildlife habitat on their properties,” said Anna Mitterling, the wildlife cooperative coordinator with Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “Landowners will walk away with tips for receiving financial assistance and will have access to experts who work with habitat improvement programs.”

The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations, and hunting opportunities on private and public lands through pheasant cooperatives. The initiative works by acquiring state and federal resources to assist landowners in cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on their properties and by enhancing habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas and other public lands.

"We are giving greater focus to small game hunting opportunities in Michigan," said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. "We believe by restoring our high-quality pheasant hunting tradition there will be new hunters as well as the return of hunters who have left the sport."

The informational meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Jan. 11: Caro Tech Center, 1401 Cleaver Road, Caro
     
  • Jan. 21: Smith Hall, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 800 Sickles St., St. Johns
     
  • Feb. 2: Gratiot-Isabella RESD Building, 1131 E. Center St., Ithaca
     
  • Feb. 4: Alaiedon Township Hall, 2021 Holt Road, Mason
     
  • Feb. 8: Rooster Ranch, 7480 Germania Road, Ubly
     
  • Feb. 5: Cabela’s, 110 Cabela Blvd. East, Dundee
     
  • Feb. 18: Baltimore Township Hall, 3100 E. Dowling Road, Hastings

Questions can be directed to Anna Mitterling at amitterling@mucc.org or 517-346-6454.

To learn more about the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative and other wildlife cooperatives, visit mi.gov/pheasant and www.mucc.org/cooperatives.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.