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Michigan Department of Natural Resources marks 100 years of conservation success

Campers in tents at Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan's first state parkHere at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) we still have feelings for our ex. And we're not afraid to show them.

That's why we're helping celebrate the 100-year anniversary of our still-friends-sister-agency, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).

We used to be all one big family until 1995 when Gov. John Engler divorced us, splitting off environmental protection into the Department of Environmental Quality (renamed EGLE in early 2019). We briefly tried a reconciliation when the agencies were re-merged in 2009, but that didn't last long. Nonetheless, in the tradition of gracious former partners, we're still friends. Good friends. Sharing the work of protecting, enhancing, and providing Michiganders with access to our world-class waters, woods, streams and parks.

That's why we're helping share some great resources and information about MDNR and it's 100 years of conservation successes in Michigan.

A great place to start is their comprehensive Centennial Site that includes gems such as the 100-year journey through time story map and 100 ways to celebrate (good stuff for kids here too).

Director Dan Eichinger does a nice job of talking about the big picture of conservation - past and future - in this interview.

So, enjoy the celebration, get out and enjoy our state's natural and cultural resource blessings this week, and mark your calendars for EGLE's own Centennial Celebration in…….um……2095!

Photo caption: Mackinac Island State Park , Michigan's first state park. (Photo courtesy of DNR.)

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