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DNR welcomes public input on 2024 forest management plans

A seedling takes root in the state forest near Newberry.

It’s time to talk about your state forests.

Prescribed burns, timber harvests and other activities are carefully planned to keep Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forest healthy and thriving.

Plans for these activities are currently being made for 2024, but public comment is welcome now, before those plans are finalized. In-person open houses were suspended during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many forest management units are returning to in-person open houses this season; you may also comment online or in writing.

The first comment period of the year is for activity in the Baraga Forest Management Unit; it continues through May 19.

To find out what activities are planned for the forest, choose the geographic area you are interested in and take a look at the planned activities on the interactive map. Submit online comments through the map during designated 30-day periods. If you’d prefer to attend an open house in person, scheduled dates are listed below.

Once public comment has been received, a meeting called a compartment review is held. That’s where plans are finalized. Contact the unit manager for details on how to attend an in-person open house or compartment review. The DNR’s Forest Resources Division welcomes public comment on all forest activities.

Here are all scheduled comment periods, open houses and compartment review meetings for the 2022 season:

  • Atlanta: Comment period is June 12-July 12; open house is July 12; compartment review is Aug. 4. Contact Cody Stevens, 989-785-4251.
  • Baraga: Comment period is April 19-May 19; open house is May 19; compartment review is June 9. Contact Brad Carlson, 906-201-4688.
  • Cadillac: Comment period is July 4-Aug. 4; open house is Aug. 4; compartment review is Sept. 6. Contact Dave Fisher, 231-745-4651, ext. 6946.
  • Crystal Falls: Comment period is Aug. 6-Sept. 6; open house is Sept. 6; compartment review is Sept. 27. Contact Dan McNamee, 906-875-5025.
  • Escanaba: Comment period is July 9-Aug. 9; open house is Aug. 9; compartment review is Aug. 30. Contact Eric Thompson, 906-786-2354, ext. 142.
  • Gaylord: Comment period is May 15-June 16; open house is June 15; compartment review is July 14. Contact Lucas Merrick, 989-732-3541, ext. 5440.
  • Gladwin: Comment period is June 13-July 13; open house is July 13; compartment review is July 19. Contact Patrick Mohney, 989-426-9205, ext. 7640.
  • Grayling: Comment period is Sept. 4-Oct. 4; open house is Oct. 4; compartment review is Oct. 18. Contact Thomas Barnes, 989-348-6371, ext. 7440.
  • Gwinn: Comment period is Aug. 20-Sept. 20; open house is Sept. 20; compartment review is Oct. 11. Contact Kristen Matson at 906-346-9201, ext. 103.
  • Newberry: Comment period is Sept. 5-Oct. 5; open house is Oct. 5; compartment review is Oct. 25. Contact Keith Magnusson, 906-293-3293, ext. 4740.
  • Pigeon River: Comment period is June 20-July 20; open house is July 20; compartment review is Aug. 16. Contact Mark Monroe, 989-983-4101.
  • Roscommon: Comment period is July 17-Aug. 17; open house is Aug. 17; compartment review is Sept. 13. Contact Doug Bates, 989-275-4622.
  • Sault Ste. Marie: Comment period is Aug. 15-Sept. 15; open house is Sept. 14; compartment review is Oct. 4. Contact Karen Rodock, 906-477-6048, ext. 2040.
  • Shingleton: Comment period is Aug. 23-Sept. 22; open house is Sept. 22; compartment review is Oct. 13. Contact Bob Burnham, 906-452-6227, ext. 240.
  • Traverse City: Comment period June 6-July 7; open house is July 6 in Traverse City and July 7 in Kalkaska; compartment review is July 12. Contact Dave Lemmien, 231-922-5280.
Media contact: Katie Armstrong, 231-342-9737