Robert Burnham, Unit Manager
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The Shingleton Unit manages state forest lands in Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties.
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Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on current management strategies and specific state forest compartments
The Open House: Your Opportunity to Participate
Each year, management recommendations are presented at open houses. As the name implies, open houses are informal sessions that give citizens an opportunity to speak with foresters, wildlife biologists, and other resource professionals. The inventories, compartment maps, and recommended management actions are available for the public to look at and provide suggestions to MDNR staff.
2019 Year of Entry Open House Schedule
The Compartment Review: The Final Plan
Modifications to the management recommendations are then incorporated into a finalized compartment plan to be presented at the "compartment review". The compartment review is a formal presentation that incorporates information from the initial inventory, the multi-disciplinary input period, and the open house. The presentation outlines the formal management plan for the compartment and includes an explanation of forest treatments if any are proposed.
2019 Year of Entry State Forest Compartment Review Schedule
The Shingleton Management Unit administers roughly 380,000 acres of state-owned land in the Central Upper Peninsula. The Shingleton Field Office, locally known as the Cusino Wildlife Research Station, serves as the Unit's primary operations center, and there are two satellite offices. One is located in Manistique at the Wyman Nursery; and the other is in Seney, which is staffed only for fire control and recreation.
Our borders stretch northward to Grand Marais, on the shore of Lake Superior, and southward to Summer Island, which lies in Lake Michigan off the tip of the Garden Peninsula. The climatic differences caused by this geographic range (northern areas can have 2 to 3 times more snow than the southern areas) provide ecological diversity and require operational flexibility within the unit.
The Shingleton Unit's ownership is very contiguous in the north with large blocks of state land. The southern portion of the Unit is more fragmented with private ownership. The Unit features many of the common forest cover types typical to Northern Michigan. It also features some that are less common throughout the state such as the marsh/pine ridge complex. These areas, as illustrated in the picture above, are generally poorly drained and wet, but periodically do become very dry. In 1976 a wildfire started by lightning on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge consumed over 74,000 acres with an estimated cost of $8 million. Evidence of this fire is still visible today.
The Kingston Plains is a unique area within the unit. The area was entirely cut off in the logging days of the late 1800s and severe wildfires destroyed the soil. Much of the Kingston Plains was replanted and is now completely forested. Other areas, such as the picture to the right shows, remain void of trees despite over 100 years of time passing. These areas continue to be "stump fields"; a testament of past practices. Today's management of state forest land focuses on many amenities that the forest provides, not only for current generations, but for future generations as well.
Recreational opportunities abound within the management unit. Munising boasts of being the snowmobile capital of the world, and there are over 470 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the Unit. These trails, such as the one to the left, will see hundreds of people snowmobiling a day during peak times of the season. Five hiking trails, including the Fox River Pathway and the North Country Trail, are available within the Unit. All-terrain vehicle riders can check out the Danaher O.R.V. Trail and skiers can enjoy the Indian Lake Ski Trail
The unit maintains 11 state forest campgrounds, all having water access sites available to our many lakes and streams. This includes the Natural and Scenic Fox River and its associated tributaries. These campgrounds also offer fishing and canoeing possibilities. Recreational possibilities such as these are enhanced by our neighbors in the Hiawatha National Forest, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Indian Lake State Park, Palmsbook State Park and Fayette State Park. These partners work with the DNR to offer even more opportunities to those who want an amazing outdoors experience.
All State Forest Compartment Review maps and documents are drafts to be used for general planning purposes. Links to these documents will be removed after the review occurs.
For a map of the Shingleton Forest Management Unit's 2019 compartments, view the Shingleton Locator Map.
The Shingleton Forest Management Unit has 2019 YOE Review packets available for the following compartments. The packets were posted 08/25/2017 unless noted otherwise:
- Compartment 004 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 006 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 024 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 034 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 044 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 048 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 059 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 060 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 096 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 098 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 115 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 126 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 131 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 133 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 140 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 153 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 170 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 177 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 185 Narrative, Maps and Reports
Ecological Reference Area Plans
2017 YOE Compartments
2016 YOE Compartments
2015 YOE Compartments
2014 YOE Compartments
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2007 YOE Compartments