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  • Historical photo shows a pull-behind plow used to create fire breaks.Michigan DNR's nationally recognized fire program celebrates 100 years In 2014, Michigan set a new record when it came to wildfires - a record low. This past fire season, 167 fires burned 550 acres across the state. The historic low number of wildfires corresponds to another historic event in Michigan: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of William J. Pearson being appointed as the state's first full-time forest fire officer. The DNR now has 68 fire officers deployed at 48 stations across the state.
  • DNR forest technician Phillip Kurzeja checks under the bark of a red oak for signs of oak wilt.Michigan DNR and U.S. Forest Service partner to protect oak trees from killer fungus Like American elm in the 1950s and ash trees in more recent history, Michigan's red oak trees are facing potentially significant die-offs due to an exotic and largely invisible killer: oak wilt. In addition to various preemptive means of preventing or slowing the spread of oak wilt that the public can help with, the DNR's Forest Resources and Parks and Recreation divisions have partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to develop and implement a method of treating stands of oak trees that are already infected.
  • Volunteers cleaning up illegal dump siteVolunteers team with Adopt-a-Forest program to clean up Grand Traverse County Although illegal dumping is a problem occurring on public land in many parts of Michigan, Grand Traverse County, until recently, was home to more illegal dump sites than any other county in the state, with 45 known sites on public land in the county. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and the Adopt-a-Forest program, 25 of these sites were cleaned up over the past six months and additional work is planned to address the remaining 20 before the snow flies.

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