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.
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.
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.
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.