Governor Granholm Issues Executive Order Creating New Department of Natural Resources and Environment
October 8, 2009
Several boards, councils or committees are abolished by the executive order. The Site Review Board process is being eliminated for greater efficiency in environmental proceedings. The Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks and the Water Resources Conservation Advisory Council are abolished and their functions transferred to the Natural Resources Commission.
The Michigan Trailways Advisory Council and the Michigan Snowmobile Advisory Committee also are abolished. Their functions are transferred to a new seven-member Michigan Trails Advisory Council within the DNRE that will advise the governor and the DNRE director on creating, developing, operating and maintaining motorized and non-motorized trails in Michigan.
Several other entities are transferred to the DNRE. They are the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority, Mackinac Island State Park Commission, Michigan Forest Finance Authority, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board, and Office of the Great Lakes.
Also impacted by the executive order is the Department of Agriculture. After the executive order's effective date, the department director will continue to serve as the head of the department; however, in the future, the governor will appoint the department director.
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