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Michigan's Great Outdoors

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  • Gerald Leray, welder at the DNR's Forest Fire Experiment Station, repairs a piece of equipment. Forest Fire Experiment Station staff builds on firefighting history to better protect MichiganWhat do you do when you need a tool or piece of equipment to complete a task but can't find an appropriate model on the market? If you're the Department of Natural Resources' Forest Resources Division, you make it yourself. That's been the practice of the DNR's Forest Resources Division for more than eight decades, when Michigan's Forest Fire Experiment Station near Roscommon was founded in 1929.
  • Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center's John Zakrajsek instructs at a recent steelhead clinic.With classroom and on-the-water instruction, steelhead clinic hooks studentsThe transition from lake fishing to river fishing is hard enough for many anglers, even if they're pursuing the same species of fish. But when they shift gears to try something completely different, there's a fairly steep learning curve. And that's the point behind the Department of Natural Resources' steelhead clinic that was held recently at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac - a two-day event designed to turned neophytes into bona fide steelheaders.
  • Michigan DNR conservation officer Brian Lebel works to restart his snowmobile after a breakdown.All in a day's work for Michigan conservation officersLearn about why there's no such thing as a typical day in the life of a Michigan conservation officers (CO). COs are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection and ensure recreational safety, as well as general law enforcement duties, in the communities they serve. They are a unique class of law enforcement officer, whose duties include enforcing regulations for outdoor activities such as off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, boating, hunting and fishing.
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