Department of Natural Resources
Sept. 18, 2020
New DNR land strategy sections available online for review and feedback
|Mountain biking or snowmobiling on scenic forest trails, going afield for the state’s time-honored hunting tradition, bird watching in wetland areas – these and countless other ways to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors are available across the state thanks in part to the careful, thoughtful way the Department of Natural Resources strives to take care of Michigan’s public lands.
|Right now, the department is in the process of updating that strategy and is encouraging the public to review and provide feedback on newly released draft components. Two upcoming DNR-hosted virtual meetings (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1) offer the opportunity to learn more about the strategy, ask questions and provide feedback.
To participate in either meeting, use the following link from Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have Microsoft Teams on your computer to join. Please note that each link is specific to its meeting date and time; links will not be live or accessible until each meeting is “opened” by the moderator. If you don’t have access to a computer, you may call in using the phone number provided.
The draft goals, strategies, measurable objectives and key actions – the critical framework for the plan’s next steps – along with other sections of the land strategy are now available for review at Michigan.gov/PublicLands and will be discussed in further detail during the virtual meetings.
For those who are unable to participate, the public meetings will be recorded and made available for viewing on the public lands website, along with additional updates that will be posted throughout the process. For special accommodations requests, contact Kerry Wieber, 517-643-1256, at least seven days in advance of either meeting.
Feedback can be sent to DNR-LandStrategy@Michigan.gov through Oct. 31.
|“Because Michigan has such a large public lands base that covers parts of almost every county in the state it is important to get feedback from diverse groups of people who represent a broad range of interests and users as the plan is developed,” said Scott Whitcomb, DNR senior adviser for wildlife and public lands.
|While Michigan currently is reviewing its own state land strategy to look at how we take care of our public lands, many states will celebrate National Public Lands Day (Saturday, Sept. 26), traditionally the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort that honors the connection between people and community green spaces. Learn more about this effort and think about ways to give back to Michigan’s public trails, forests and other areas you love.
Learn more about the strategy and updating process at Michigan.gov/PublicLands.
Fall: Michigan’s 103 state parks and 3.85 million acres of state forest offer plenty of opportunity to explore the state’s scenic outdoors.
Hunting: Public lands the Department of Natural Resources takes care of include 364,000 acres of state game and waterfowl areas open to the public for hunting.
Camping: Camping is among the many outdoor recreation opportunities available around the state thanks to careful, thoughtful management of Michigan’s public lands.
Parks: Michigan residents across the state can enjoy the outdoors close to home, with more than 4 million acres of DNR-managed public land statewide.