Department of Natural Resources
In addition to measuring progress in meeting the public land strategy’s goals, strategies and measurable objectives, the DNR is committed to identifying new partnership and growth opportunities for improved management and administration of these remarkable land resources. While it is important to note that the following strategic initiatives are in addition to normal department operations and will require dedicated resources (including funding, personnel and support) to achieve, the department believes they will result in even better management of and broader, more equitable access to DNR-managed public lands.
Successful management of Michigan’s 4.6 million acres of public lands, along with 6.4 million acres of mineral rights, requires careful, intentional planning. The information shared in this strategy is essential in guiding how the DNR cares for the natural and cultural resources that belong to the people of Michigan and the public land base that provides the foundation for this work.
Throughout this process, the DNR has talked at length about the power of public lands. It’s a simple phrase, but one that hints at a treasure trove of opportunities – some of which already are being realized. DNR-managed lands provide green spaces and wild places where residents and visitors can hunt, camp, fish, hike, ride, relax, recharge and reconnect with nature and history in ways that are uniquely Michigan. Increasingly adaptive facilities and resources mean more people each year get to discover and enjoy the outdoor world. Sustainably managed state forests yield soul-restoring solitude, market-driving raw materials and healthy habitat critical to the well-being and survival of plant and animal populations.
All these things depend on a public land strategy that is comprehensive, inclusive and dynamic – one that is built to respond and adapt to a variety of change and influences while keeping a laser focus on its original intent. The measurable goals, strategies and objectives in the updated public land strategy will guide the DNR’s work and progress into 2021 and beyond.
Done right, an effective public land strategy will ensure a public land base that rivals that of anywhere else across the country and serves as a foundation for:
Throughout the implementation of this land strategy, the DNR is committed to working with the public and partners toward identified goals, and we will do it in a way that is open, transparent and intentional. As with the work that’s done by the department every day, the DNR’s actions laid out in this plan will be driven by the responsibility of ensuring that the next generations of residents and visitors can enjoy and experience our state’s one-of-a-kind natural and cultural resources.