Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming virtual meetings

March 30, 2021

LaptopThe Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of the public bodies that advise the DNR and, in some cases, also set policies for natural resource management.


With COVID-19 public health and safety in mind, most upcoming meetings have been changed to virtual meetings or conference calls. Frequently check the DNR boards, commissions, committees and councils webpage for updates.

The links below will take you to each group's webpage, where you will find specific virtual and teleconference meeting information and, when finalized, meeting agendas. Please check these pages frequently, as meeting details (such as a change to in-person meetings rather than or in addition to virtual) and agendas may change and sometimes meetings are canceled.

March meeting update

Here are details on a meeting that was not included in the last meetings roundup issued Feb. 26.

April meetings

Fisheries "Conversation and Coffee" virtual events

Conversations & CoffeeThe public also is invited to talk with DNR Fisheries Division staff at virtual Conversations & Coffee events in April and May. These are informal opportunities to discuss local issues and management activities related to fisheries. The virtual events provide information on local and statewide fishing regulation changes and offer the opportunity to meet virtually with fisheries managers and biologists.


More information, including links to the virtual meetings and May meeting information for the northern and southern Lake Huron management units, is available at the DNR's Conversations & Coffee webpage.

  • Central and Southern Lake Michigan management units - Thursday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Contact: Scott Heintzelman, 231-433-9782 or Brian Gunderman, 269-251-2645).
  • Lake Erie Management Unit - Monday, April 12, 7-8 p.m. EDT (Contact: Sara Thomas, 734-718-0474).
  • Lake Superior Management Unit - Thursday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. EDT (Contact: Patrick Hanchin, 231-330-5290).
  • Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit - Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m. EDT (Contact: Darren Kramer, 906-235-4949).
  • Western Lake Superior Management Unit - Tuesday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. EDT (Contact: Patrick Hanchin, 231-330-5290).

Opportunities to serve


/Note to editors: The DNR Conversations & Coffee graphic is available below for download.

Conversations & Coffee: The virtual, informal Conversations & Coffee events, hosted by DNR fisheries staff this spring, give people the chance to discuss local issues and fishing-related management activities./