DNR invites public input on forest plans for Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland countiesContact: Jason Hartman, 989-426-9205, ext. 7640 or Sarah Lapshan, 517-241-1736 Agency: Natural Resources
June 17, 2013
The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses on July 16 and 17 in Gladwin and Harrison to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2015 in the Gladwin management unit, which includes Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties and the southern part of Iosco County. The open houses are set for the following times and locations:
- Tuesday, July 16, 3 to 6 p.m.
Gladwin Field Office, 801 N. Silverleaf St., Gladwin
(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties)
- Wednesday, July 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
Redding Township Hall, 8391 W. Temple Drive, Harrison
(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Clare County)
Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, fisheries and other resource managers. The age, health, quality and quantity of trees and other vegetation are assessed to enable DNR staff to make informed decisions. Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.
Because the forest is inventoried approximately two years in advance, a year of entry is assigned to indicate when treatments will be prepared. Information currently under review has a 2015 year of entry. This means that treatment activities on lands being reviewed this year will actually begin in 2015.
Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources.
Bill O'Neill, chief of the DNR's Forest Resources Division, said these open houses are a good way for interested residents, neighbors and stakeholders to learn - well in advance - about the DNR's proposed treatment plans and to share input toward final decisions on those treatments.
"This is an excellent opportunity for the public to weigh in on what the DNR is doing to sustainably manage Michigan's state forest land," said O'Neill, who also serves as state forester. "Interested folks can take a look at proposed management plans and talk face-to-face with foresters and biologists about their questions and concerns. Having active partners in the management of our state forests is crucial to meeting the recreation, economic and conservation needs of current and future generations."
To more easily and efficiently oversee the forest resources, the DNR divides each management unit into smaller units or "compartments." This year, the compartments under review are in Freeman and Garfield townships (Clare County); Edenville Township (Midland County); Grim and Bourret townships (Gladwin County); and Moffatt, Clayton, Arenac, Adams and AuGres townships (Arenac County).
Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house. The information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/forestplan. Compartment review packets for the 2015 year of entry can be found by selecting the shown map and clicking on the "Gladwin" button. Records of decisions, recorded timber harvests and other treatments for past years are available on this page.
On Wednesday, July 31, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will take place:
- Wednesday, July 31, 9 a.m.
Harrison Field Office, 2115 Sullivan Drive, Harrison
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for either meeting should contact Jason Hartman, 989-426-9205, ext. 7640, a minimum of five business days before each meeting.
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.