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A shared wildlife experience

Many DNR staffers are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy participating in wildlife recreation pastimes like hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing - just like Michigan's citizens who benefit from the work the department does.

Time to get trees ready for winter weather

Fall is a practical time for property owners to take a closer look and inspect their trees for problems or needed work. 

The Michigan moose among us

The Michigan DNR traded moose provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for wild turkeys. The "moose lift," as it was nicknamed, was a translocation project undertaken to restore the Upper Peninsula's population of the large, roughly 1,000-pound browsing herbivores that today call the region's mature forests, ponds and wetlands home.

Bridging the gaps: Work crews complete important UP projects

 At several DNR facilities in the Upper Peninsula over the past several weeks, crews have been working in creative partnerships to beat the seasonal clock, trying to finish up projects before the snow flies.

It's Forest Products Week: Thank a tree for everything from your roof to shredded cheese

From right here in Michigan to other states and all the way around the world, trees provide a good deal more to our lives than what meets the eye.

Archaeology is at home in the DNR

The DNR oversees approximately 4.6 million acres of public lands, including state forests, wildlife and recreation areas, parks and fisheries. The agency also oversees state-owned antiquities rights statewide on land and underwater.

The autumn unsettling

As summer fades and autumn unfurls, a reflection on the yearning of fall. 

Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen in Michigan

The wreckage of an airplane found in Lake Huron is helping tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, whose impact on northeast Michigan, contribution to the war effort and ultimate sacrifice will long be remembered here and across the nation.

Celebrating the power of public lands

Taking care of Michigan's public land thoughtfully and carefully in many ways drives the quality of life we all value. When our lands are well managed, Michiganders see the benefits - healthier families and environment and a stronger economy.

Giving lake sturgeon a lift

Capturing and transferring adult lake sturgeon around the Menominee and Park Mill dams in the Menominee River is a unique solution to assist with the restoration of this important fish population to Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

September when she comes

A reflection on the magic in the sound of rain.

New pedestrian bridge set in place at Lower Tahquamenon Falls in Chippewa County

A new 142-foot-long pedestrian bridge is being installed at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls to make it easier for park staff and emergency services access to help maintain and keep the island safe.

Highlighting diversity in the ranks of the CCC

The Emergency Conservation Work program grew out of the Great Depression. States like Michigan needed reforestation and fire protection. By the end of May 1933, Michigan had 12 CCC camps.

Lake Huron Red Tails -- Recovering Michigan's history of the Tuskegee airmen

The first African American pilots trained by the United States Army Air Corps earned their wings at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama during World War II. Beginning in the spring of 1943, fighter pilots from Tuskegee received advanced training in Michigan. In 2014, the wreck of a Tuskegee Red Tail plane was found in Lake Huron.

Drawing attention to the DNR centennial

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the DNR Wildlife Division wanted to do something special to celebrate the milestone by honoring our roots with illustrated covers to our hunting digests.

Hunting for trout - Assessing remote UP trout lakes using hunting technology

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages many inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula for brook, brown and rainbow trout.These lakes - less than 100 acres each - are often considered small compared with other inland lakes. But their impact on an angler's fishing experience can be huge.

The Wishing Place

A meditation on the spirit of possibility, renewal, hope and faith in nature.

Charting a course for recovery - the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan

The ingenuity, tenacity and dedication of scientists, conservationists and ordinary citizens helped save one of Michigan's most unique species - the Kirtland's warbler.

From tiny houses and safari tents to geodesic domes - growing lodging options for state park visitors

It used to be that staying overnight in a state park meant pitching a tent or hauling an RV. Visitors can still do that, but, as travelers' needs and preferences have changed, so have the options available at Michigan's state parks.

Bringing history to life - costumed role playing at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

This summer the Michigan History Center will enter its 41st season of a unique program in historic site interpretation at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, at Copper Harbor, in Keweenaw County.

Find your story with upcoming family history seminar

The Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar, taking place virtually July 9-10 this year, promotes family history awareness and teaches genealogy research skills.

Rangers to the rescue

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's small band of experienced rangers are skilled at search and rescue missions and first aid to face the challenges of the park's 60,000 acres of virgin hardwoods and hemlocks, waterfalls and wilderness.

From grizzlies to grouse, tracking the steps of a DNR wildlife conservation pioneer

The DNR celebrates its centennial this year, and Stewart - who recently retired - was there for half of that 100 years. He shared some reflections on the department's story and his role in it.

Return of a wanderer

Peregrines can be found on every continent except Antarctica. While it's now fairly common to read about falcons nesting, it wasn't always that way.

Aboard the DNR's Survey Vessel Steelhead

The Survey Vessel Steelhead set forth from Charlevoix for its first year of fisheries surveys on the lakes in 1968. Since construction of the survey boat, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has gone on to commission vessels at each of its Great Lakes research stations.

A visit to a reflecting pond

A reflection on a reflecting pond.

Fish habitat improved with dam removal project on Dowagiac River in Berrien County

In the southwest corner of Michigan, the Dowagiac River, one of the largest cold-water streams in the region, flows into the mighty St. Joseph River, near the City of Niles. Annual stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources there supports a popular brown trout fishery.

Remembering our fallen conservation officers

Taken too soon, these loyal and dedicated officers made the ultimate sacrifice, which continues to be remembered through their family generations. Each year, during National Police Week, active Michigan conservation officers salute and place a state of Michigan flag at each gravesite to honor the fallen.

Egg collection on the Little Manistee River

Have you ever wondered where those salmon and trout the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stocks in the Great Lakes and tributaries come from? The Little Manistee River Weir and Egg Collection Facility is the place where this story starts.

Ready, set, get outdoors

Heading outdoors for some springtime adventure and recreation can produce some spectacular results. Some of the best advice for those new to the outdoors and veterans of woods and waters alike is to "know before you go."

This Earth Day, celebrate the little things

Earth Day is today, April 22, which each year commemorates the anniversary of the modern environmental movement's birth in 1970. As we celebrate our planet, remember that we are an important part of our world - and we can all help keep it safe, healthy and clean for everyone.

Incident management team aids vaccination effort at Ford Field

A massive effort to vaccinate people in the Detroit area against COVID-19 rolled out recently with mobile clinics and a clinic at Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play football. The efforts have an assist from people who are used to jumping in and helping at a moment's notice - members of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources incident management teams.

Revisiting the historic Walker Tavern and tourism in the 1920s Irish Hills

Built in 1832, the tavern served as a wayside inn, bar and post office for travelers on the "Old Chicago Road." In the 1920s, the tavern would find new life as a roadside tourist attraction, and in 1965 it became a Michigan state park.

Of spring and April showers

A reflection on the slow arrival of spring.

Exploring the path less traveled

Blooming time for northern Michigan's three-petaled wild orchid, the trillium, is just around the corner. With this natural beauty in store, now is the time to start planning a getaway to the forest. Make lifetime memories while hunting for mushrooms, casting a line into a trout stream or catching sight of a free-roaming elk.

Park rangers on the job

Park rangers are responsible for protecting, preserving and enhancing Michigan's state parks and natural resources, while ensuring the safety and welfare of park visitors. Learn more about these important employees.

Heading out to new ice fishing waters

In Michigan, we are lucky to have 11,000 inland lakes to enjoy. Whether we fish, swim or boat, we have plenty of options. Venturing out to new places can feel like a gamble. To fish a new lake, there are a few options an angler can try.

The search for Michigan's ghost cat

What’s the truth about mountain lions in Michigan? How many are there? Where are they? And how worried should we be? While memories of these big cats persist across the state, trying to find physical evidence to support reported sightings proved to be a bit like chasing a ghost.

Between the pages, a history lies: Porcupine Mountains logbooks offer glimpse into personal park experiences

Within the pages of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's collection of cabin logbooks – from 23 cabins and yurts across the span of 76 years – is the history of the park, written by the people who took the time to enjoy it.

Breathing under the ice

Deep winter snow and prolonged ice cover on Upper Peninsula inland lakes can create conditions that present unique habitat challenges to fish. DNR Fisheries Division staffers annually survey a subset of U.P. trout lakes in late winter.

Under the spell of the Wintermaker

A meditation on the serenity of a winter's night under the gaze of a watchful star.

Generations of Michigan steelhead fishing

During late fall and early winter months, steelhead river fishing becomes a prized pastime for anglers seeking a unique challenge. It can also be a wonderful time to bond with family.

Restoring a classic

For decades, City of Detroit foresters industriously labored away in a quaint sawmill within Belle Isle Park until it was shut down over 40 years ago. Now, the 80-year-old sawmill building is getting a new life.

A century of commitment to Michigan's natural resources

On March 30, 1921, the Michigan Department of Conservation – precursor to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – was created. Throughout 2021, and especially in March, the DNR is commemorating and celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the department.

Everyone can get outdoors to beat the winter blues

This year, with the need to avoid social gatherings and many indoor activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, winter may seem bluer than ever.Fortunately, Michigan offers ample antidotes to the winter blues in the form of outdoor recreation opportunities, with a variety of options for those of all abilities.