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  • Forest at Belle Isle, which has become too wet for a variety of reasons Restoring and protecting Belle Isle's valuable forestry heritage

    Efforts are under way to protect and restore Belle Isle's rare forest ecosystyem – challenged by invasive insect pests, disease, and things such as roads and culverts that changed water flow through the woods – and its historic sawmill. 

  • DNR park ranger helps camper find a location on a map State park rangers wear many hats

    The DNR's 325 park rangers all wear many hats, from law enforcement to customer service to maintenance and operations. On any given day, they might be a repairman, educator, information specialist and a cop. It’s no wonder they all say they love their jobs.


  • Munising falls Winter into spring remembrances and connection

    Fortunately for me, my parents understood the value of forming a connection with the natural world outside and wanted to pass that experience, wonder and amazement down to their four children. I was also fortunate to grow up in Michigan, where natural resources abound.

  • DNR fisheries biologists electrofishing from a boat to collect fish data Technology enhances DNR's ability to gather, share information about Michigan's natural resources

    Technology is defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. From that perspective, the DNR has always been a high-tech agency. But as technology advances, the DNR continues to adopt new concepts and techniques as it carries out its task of managing the state’ ...

  • Father, two daughters and dog walking through woods on a hunting trip Figuring out the DNR's budget

    Many Michigan taxpayers may not know that only 14 percent of the DNR’s current budget is financed by state taxes. The DNR’s bills are paid from some 60 different funds, all of which have various revenue streams, but many of which are made up of user fees paid by those who hunt, boat, ...