DNR's Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council to meet Feb. 20 in Luce County

Contact: Stacy Haughey, 906-226-1331 or John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

Feb. 13, 2019

At its meeting later this month in Newberry, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a youth bear hunt proposal and resolution responses on a bear/wolf specialist position and a change to the statewide catch limit for yellow perch.

Also anticipated are updates on chronic wasting disease and the U.P. Wildlife Habitat Workgroup, along with committee reports. New and current council members will be introduced.

The Wednesday, Feb. 20 meeting will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. EST in the lower level conference room at the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Road in Newberry.

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see Michigan.gov/UPCAC).

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P. counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year. A joint meeting is held once a year.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at Michigan.gov/UPCAC. For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to Michigan.gov/DNR.