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2021-2027 Public Land Strategy

Ownership rights

The DNR is responsible for managing a variety of land ownership rights. In addition to 4.6 million acres of surface ownership and 6.4 million acres of mineral rights, other land rights managed by the DNR include over 150,000 acres of conservation easement lands, 25 million acres of Great Lakes bottomlands (regulated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), leases (including the DNR as the lessor and lessee), access easements, trail easements, timber rights, hunting rights, aboriginal antiquities rights, and restrictive covenants on deeds (see Appendix K).

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