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New services coming to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Park shuttles, sea kayak rentals and other amenities are coming soon to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula.

New services coming to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

One tree can make a difference

One of most satisfying ways to welcome the return of nature’s greenery, birdsong and blooms to the Midwest is to take part in the time-honored tradition of planting a tree around the Arbor Day holiday, which falls on April 29 this year.

One tree can make a difference

Unassuming heroes

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, with businesses, schools and churches closed, record numbers of people in Michigan began heading to the outdoors for recreation, exercise and relaxation. Amid this backdrop of record visitation and the associated demands placed on the state’s park system, an unassuming group of heroes showed up on the scene, ready and able to work.
Unassuming heroes

Bucket list

“I’m trying to rock while I can rock, I’m trying to roll while I can roll,” – Steve Forbert
Bucket list

Stepping up to the plate

Most recreationists are unaware of the 5,000-plus volunteers who work in tandem every year with DNR employees protecting our resources. Volunteers are unpaid and driven by their connection to the natural environment. They are some of Michigan’s most dedicated members of the “work force.”
Stepping up to the plate

Prepping for spring fire season

Michigan’s wildland fire season is on. DNR firefighters and equipment are stationed strategically across the state to protect Michigan’s 20 million acres of forest land, which includes nearly 4 million acres of state forest.
Prepping for spring fire season

Morgan's industrious beavers

There's an old trout pond, named for Lewis Henry Morgan, in Marquette County sometimes clogged with sticks and other materials put there by working beaver.
Morgan’s industrious beavers

Winter's fading dance

A meditation on the beauty of winter and the power of nature.
Winter's fading dance

What's in a name?

Creatively naming timber sales is a tradition passed down through the history of logging. While some government entities that sell timber have dull naming conventions that include locations and numbers only, DNR foresters get more leeway to follow tradition and exercise their creativity.
What's in a name?

More than patrol - how the ranks of conservation officers protect Michigan's natural and cultural resources

There's much more to conservation officers than driving in a patrol vehicle or walking in the woods, checking hunters and anglers, or issuing tickets.
More than patrol - how the ranks of conservation officers protect Michigan's natural and cultural resources