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- Celebrating 100 years of wild Michigan elk
Michigan’s native herd of elk – massive animals standing 4 to 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing more than 600 pounds – had disappeared from the state by about 1875. This year marks the centennial of elk restoration efforts in Michigan, which represents the contributions of many, led by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
- DNR and MI-TRALE teaming up for trail work
With nearly 600 miles of all-terrain vehicle, off-road vehicle, multi-use or equestrian trails in the western Upper Peninsula, MI-TRALE works to advance safe and responsible use of multi-use trails by working toward development, designation and interconnection of these trails in the western U.P.
- DNR is anticipating a year ahead of exciting developments
Here’s a snapshot of some of the DNR’s planned efforts to manage and protect Michigan’s world-class natural resources and improve outdoor recreation opportunities in 2018. This glimpse at what's on the horizon for 2018 only scratches the surface of the breadth and volume of work the DNR will undertake in the coming year.
- Wetlands a vital resource for Michigan's wildlife, environment, citizenry
In 1979, the Michigan legislature passed the state’s wetlands protection statute, which recognizes the benefits and important functions and values provided by wetlands. Although now recognized for their importance to wildlife, people, the environment and the economy – and with laws in place that have helped slow their loss – wetlands still face threats, including invasive species, climate change and declining Great Lakes water levels, and demand for development on existing wetlands.
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The DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process!
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