Natural Resources Directory Listing

  • 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.

    Organizational Details

    Director: Keith Creagh
     Organizational Chart

    Contact Information
    Mailing Address

    Department of Natural Resources
    Executive Division
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909

    TTY (accessible phone service for hearing or speech impaired) call the Michigan Relay Center toll-free at 800-649-3777, or simply dial 711


Finance and Operations

  • The Finance and Operations Division provides a complete range of financial and administrative support, including budget and financial services, real estate, procurement, grants management, facilities management, field operations support and business operations. This division is heavily involved in customer service efforts for both internal and external customers.

    Division Chief: Sharon Shafer
    Department of Natural Resources
    Finance and Operations
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909
  • Grants

    The Grants Section administers 12 different grant programs on the topics of recreation, forestry, aquatic & wildlife, and law enforcement & safety.

    Section Manager: Dan Lord
    Department of Natural Resources
    Finance and Operations
    Grants Section
    P.O. Box 30425
    Lansing, MI 48909
  • Real Estate

    The Real Estate Section oversees general land inquiries, land acquisitions, disposals, granted easements and related property matters related to the Department of Natural Resources.

    Resource Analyst: Michael Michalek
    Department of Natural Resources
    Finance and Operations Division
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909

Fisheries

  • The Fisheries Division is mandated to protect and manage the state’s aquatic resources, including fish populations, other aquatic life and aquatic habitat, which are held in trust for all Michigan citizens. The division promotes the wise use of these resources for the benefit of current and future generations. Fish populations and other forms of aquatic life are monitored and studied by biologists, who strive to ensure their long-term protection while keeping fishing in Michigan among the nation’s best. Up to 14 fish species are hatched and reared at six state hatcheries. These fish are stocked annually into designated public waters throughout the state to maintain or improve fish populations.

    Division Chief: Jim Dexter
    Department of Natural Resources
    Fisheries Division
    P.O. Box 30446
    Lansing, MI 48909

Forest Resources

  • The Forest Resources Division manages, protects and provides for the sustainable use of Michigan’s forest resources to provide critical habitat for wildlife, valuable resources for the timber products industry and outdoor spaces for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. The Forest Resources Division also is charged with protecting state forest resources and private land across the state through its nationally recognized wildfire suppression program. 

    Division Chief: Deb Begalle
    Department of Natural Resources
    Forest Resources Division
    P.O. Box 30452
    Lansing, MI 48909

Human Resources

  • Human Resources provides a wide range of traditional human resource services including reclassifications, selections, hiring, and employee relations.

    DNR HR Director: Amy Abdo
    • Hours: Monday - Friday,
    • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
    • Email: 
    • Phone: 517-284-5013
    Human Resources/Quality of Life
    P.O. Box 30473
    Lansing, MI 48909

Law Enforcement

  • The Law Enforcement division is home to Michigan's conservation officers. Its mission is to protect Michigan's natural resources and environment and the health, safety and enjoyment of the public through effective law enforcement and education. They, along with other support staff, handle an array of other responsibilities, including education, recreational safety and public outreach. The division also provides investigative and enforcement services and coordinates emergency management and homeland security responsibilities for the department.

    Division Chief: Gary Hagler
    Department of Natural Resources
    Law Enforcement Division
    P.O. Box 30031
    Lansing, MI 48909

Legislative and Legal Affairs

Marketing and Outreach

  • The Marketing and Outreach Division provides an array of services, including communications, website administration, license sales customer systems, marketing, and educational programs for all ages and experience levels. The division’s efforts are chiefly designed to find creative, new ways to get more Michigan residents and visitors outside and taking advantage of a growing variety of recreation opportunities.

    Division Chief: Kristin Phillips
    Department of Natural Resources
    Marketing and Outreach Division
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909
  • Licensing and Reservations Section

    Licensing and Reservations provides sales and customer service for hunting, fishing, ORV, snowmobile licenses and Michigan state park and harbor reservations.

    Section Manager: Steve Tkaczyk
    Department of Natural Resources
    Marketing & Outreach Division
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan History Center

  • The Michigan History Center’s includes the Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. The center also includes the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission; the Michigan Historical Commission; the Michigan Historical Marker program; the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board; the Michigan State Historic Records Advisory Board; and Seeking Michigan (www.seekingmichigan.org).

    Director: Sandra Clark
    Michigan History Center
    P.O. Box 30740
    Lansing, MI 48909

Office of Minerals Management

  • The Office of Minerals Management administers 6.4 million acres of Michigan’s mineral estate, which includes leasing the rights to explore and pursue development of state-owned metallic, nonmetallic, oil and gas minerals, and underground natural gas storage areas.

    Director: Mark B. Sweatman
    Department of Natural Resources
    Office of Minerals Management
    P.O. Box 30452
    Lansing, MI 48909

Parks and Recreation

  • The Parks and Recreation Division protects, preserves, acquires and manages Michigan’s state parks, cultural and historic resources within state parks, trails, state forest recreation, and boating access sites. The division also operates 19 state harbors and partners with 63 locally operated public harbors that make up the Harbors of Refuge system.

    Division Chief: Ron Olson
    Department of Natural Resources
    Parks and Recreation Division
    P.O. Box 30257
    Lansing, MI 48909

Public Information Office

  • The Public Information Office works closely with DNR executive office and divisions to coordinate the communication of core DNR messages on a statewide basis to a variety of audiences, serves as primary contact for media representatives, and partners in the marketing of department initiatives, programs and services. 

    Public Information Officer:
    Ed Golder
    Department of Natural Resources
    Public Information Office
    P.O. Box 30028
    Lansing, MI 48909

Wildlife

  • The Wildlife Division is charged with the conservation of more than 400 species of animals — the birds and mammals that sustain our state’s hunting heritage, as well as nongame wildlife, including threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Wildlife biologists make sound, science-based recommendations on hunting regulations, habitat management, public hunting access, and protection of threatened and endangered species. The division also co-manages the state forests with the Forest Resources Division and directly administers approximately 400,000 acres of state game and wildlife management areas.

    Division Chief: Russ Mason
    Department of Natural Resources
    Wildlife Division
    P.O. Box 30444
    Lansing, MI 48909