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Don’t miss chance to review DNR strategic plan for state’s parks and recreation resources

Managing the state's parks and recreation system is a big job. As the Michigan Department of Natural Resources works to finalize the draft Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan for 2023-2027, we're turning to the visitors and residents who know and love these destinations for feedback – but don’t wait too long; the draft plan review and comment opportunity closes Jan. 20.

The DNR Parks and Recreation Division currently manages 103 state parks and recreation areas, totaling more than 300,000 acres across Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. It also oversees the state’s boating program, the state motorized and nonmotorized trails system and 140 state forest campgrounds.

"In Michigan, our diverse natural, cultural and recreation resources have always played a defining role in residents’ quality of life and, in a sense, our very identity as Michiganders," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. "People come back year after year, making memories at state parks, trails, campgrounds and harbors, and it’s vital that we have a clear plan to protect these unique resources while anticipating and meeting customers’ expectations."

The plan ultimately will guide the division in carrying out its mission to "acquire, protect and preserve the natural and cultural features of Michigan’s unique resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based recreation and educational opportunities." The plan is expected to go into effect this spring.

Olson said public feedback is an essential component of this plan.

The draft plan is available for public review and comment, and the comment period is open through Jan. 20. To review the plan, visit Send comments or suggestions to

For more information on the plan, contact Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at 517-230-6837 or

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