Department of Natural Resources
100 years of taking care of Michigan's great outdoors: from reintroducing elk, moose and turkey to protecting wild places like the Pigeon River Country State Forest, to bringing salmon to the Great Lakes, we are proud to celebrate and share our story.
To help tell our story we have put together an interactive timeline of some of the DNR's major milestones and accomplishments over this past century.
In celebration of the department's centennial anniversary, the Showcasing the DNR feature series will highlight one story each month during 2021 that recalls various accomplishments of the department or historical highlights over the past century.
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.
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.
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.