Michigan's world-class state forests offer rustic adventure and enjoyment, provide critical habitat for wildlife, and fuel a vital timber industry. Sustaining our state forests is a huge responsibility, requiring thoughtful and inclusive long-term planning. Historically, Michigan has benefited from state forest planning efforts at the local and state level. Today, the DNR and many stakeholders are working to create Regional State Forest Management Plans (RSFMPs) that:
Recognize the unique needs of individual management areas;
Account for regional needs;
Better inform and guide management and operational decisions and
Help improve communication among all interested individuals and organizations.
Public review of and comment on the proposed final drafts of each regional plan are essential parts of the process. Below, we offer information about how the regional plans were designed, the review process, and - most importantly - how people can easily participate.
• WebinarThis webinar is an introduction to the draft plans that explains how they are organized and what you can expect to find.
• Next StepsThe proposed final draft of each plan will be available for review until Dec. 9, 2013. Any changes will be incorporated into the plans, which will be on the agenda (for information only) at the Nov. 7, 2013, meeting of the Natural Resources Commission. After the final public review period closes, the plans will be subject to the approval of DNR Director Keith Creagh. The director's action will be announced at a future NRC meeting. The approved versions of the plans will be posted on this website by the end of 2013.
• Public CommentsThe initial public review period closed March 8, 2013, and brought in more than 400 valuable comments and suggestions. After considering that input and making some revisions, the DNR is now giving the public and stakeholders the opportunity to review the proposed final drafts (links below). Public review will be open and comments accepted through Dec. 9, 2013. Final plans will be subject to approval of DNR Director Keith Creagh and, once finalized, will be posted to this website. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions and ideas about Michigan’s forests.
• ImplementationImplementation of the Regional State Forest Management Plans will begin after approval by the Director. Implementation will continue over the planned, 10-year life of these versions of the plan.
• Contact UsStill have questions? Contact us. If you have questions regarding specific plans prior to the meetings, you may contact DNR Forest Resources Division (FRD) inventory planning specialists and/or Wildlife Division (WLD) ecologists by email at email@example.com or by calling one of the following region-specific staff members:
Northern Lower Peninsula
Tom Haxby (FRD planning specialist), 231-775-9727
Keith Kintigh (WLD ecologist), 989-732-3541
Eastern Upper Peninsula
Kristen Matson (FRD planning specialist), 906-293-5131
Sherry MacKinnon (WLD ecologist), 906-293-5131
Western Upper Peninsula
John Hamel (FRD planning specialist), 906-228-6561