Process overview

Public Land Strategy Sprint Team

The goal of the public land strategy sprint team is to comply with the requirements of PA 240 of 2018, which requires the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to create an updated strategic plan for the 4.6 million acres of public lands and 6.4 million acres of mineral rights the DNR manages.

Where we are

  • The current land strategy, created in 2013, was approved by the Legislature and adopted by the governor in 2018. It expires in 2021.
  • The sprint team completed an assessment of the 2013 strategy, including evaluating which components – goals, strategies and measurable objectives – should be kept, modified or removed and why. The results of this assessment are the foundation of the updated strategy.
  • The team’s draft outline and land strategy components are posted online for public and stakeholder review and comment. Feedback on these draft components will be accepted until Oct. 31, 2020.
  • Engagement efforts to date include email notifications, press releases, creation of the dedicated website and email address (DNR-LandStrategy@Michigan.gov), facilitated stakeholder sessions, virtual public meetings, and presentations to several boards and councils. These efforts will continue throughout the development of the updated strategy.  

Moving forward the sprint team will:

  • Ensure a comprehensive revised strategy by continuing public engagement through multiple methods, including press releases, email notifications, public meetings, and presentations that will include conservation organizations, friends groups, industry, state and local units of government, the public, tribal entities and internal DNR staff.
  • Facilitate a review of public lands ownership through the state land review process.
  • Evaluate feedback and input received from the public and stakeholders on the draft components.
  • Update the draft land strategy components to incorporate the input received through engagement efforts, as appropriate.
  • Complete a final draft of the updated land strategy document by the end of 2020 and make available for review online.
  • Begin additional engagement with the public and stakeholders on the updated land strategy document in early 2021.

Benefits of project completion

An updated public land strategy will highlight the value of a robust public land base. It will provide measurable goals, strategies, and objectives to guide the DNR in protecting and preserving our state’s natural and cultural resources, providing spaces for quality outdoor recreation opportunities, and promoting natural resources management in Michigan.

Timeline

Updated land strategy must be submitted to the Michigan Legislature for consideration and approval by July 1, 2021.