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There’s no better time to plant a tree than in Michigan’s spring

Planting a tree can create a lasting and lovely effect on the environment, with many benefits including cleaner water and air. And the early spring months of April and May are prime times for tree planting. Michigan celebrates Arbor Day on April 26, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared the week of April 21-27 as Arbor Week.
There’s no better time to plant a tree than in Michigan’s spring

Conservation officers teach wildlife crime scene investigation techniques

As part of their mission to protect the state’s natural and cultural resources, the environment and the health and safety of the public through effective law enforcement and education, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers have found innovative ways to deliver science-based education.
Conservation officers teach wildlife crime scene investigation techniques

Fish production facility improvements begin across Michigan: $30 million in state funds to finance three summers of projects at six hatcheries

With a 2023 state general fund budget appropriation of $30 million, six Michigan DNR fish hatcheries are being improved by updating outdated and aging infrastructure. Several of the sites have only seen limited updates or upgrades since the late 1970s – facilities and equipment pushing 50 years old.
Fish production facility improvements begin across Michigan: $30 million in state funds to finance three summers of projects at six hatcheries

This (public) land is your land: DNR's nearly four-year intensive land review effort recently completed

Nearly 9,800 individual parcels and more than 167,000 total acres were comprehensively evaluated as part of the DNR’s agencywide state land review process that concluded with approval of the final group of staff recommendations on which parcels to keep, swap or sell.
This (public) land is your land: DNR's nearly four-year intensive land review effort recently completed

Rare historic steam locomotive returns to Iron Ore Heritage Museum in Marquette County

After three years of painstaking restoration work in Pennsylvania, the “Yankee” – a rare, single-boiler locomotive that carted iron ore out of the Jackson Mine in the 1860s and 70s – recently came home to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Marquette County.
Rare historic steam locomotive returns to Iron Ore Heritage Museum in Marquette County