Michigan DNR

Michigan wildlife license plates: Elk to replace loon as state celebrates 100th anniversary of reintroduction in state

Starting Dec. 1, a new wildlife license plate will be available in Michigan. The current common loon plate will be replaced with an elk plate to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan. “The loon license plate has had a long run, and helped to raise over $2.6 million for wildlife habitat since 2006,” said DNR…

The state of Lake Erie walleyes: Annual assessment in the works

The Michigan DNR will conduct its annual walleye assessment in the west basin of Lake Erie near Monroe, Mich., beginning Oct. 9 and continuing through Oct. 13. “This survey is a cornerstone of the DNR’s annual efforts to assess the walleye fishery in Lake Erie,” said Todd Wills, the DNR’s Lake Huron-Lake Erie area fisheries research manager. “The data from…

Fisheries survey work paints clearer picture of Michigan’s Paint Creek (video)

The Michigan DNR recently concluded a mark-and-recapture fisheries survey on Paint Creek in Oakland County to better understand the waterbody’s brown trout population. The DNR manages a portion of Paint Creek, downstream from Lake Orion, as a high-quality brown trout stream – as evidenced by its inclusion in the department’s Trout Trails online application. The recent survey, conducted late this summer, used…

DNR chooses 100th anniversary elk poster contest winner

Gary Cole and is winning artwork. (Michigan DNR)The Michigan DNR has chosen retired police officer Gary Cole of Dearborn and his acrylic painting of Michigan elk as the winner of its 100th anniversary of elk poster contest. Cole’s painting depicts a wintry landscape mimicking Wolverine, Michigan, where the state’s original seven elk were released in 1918. Cole, a self-taught wildlife…

DNR adopts updated five-year strategic plan to help guide parks and recreation system management

The Michigan DNR recently adopted a new, updated five-year strategic plan to guide the future management of the state’s parks and recreation system. The plan was developed through statewide engagement with members of the public, advisory groups, stakeholders, other state agencies and DNR staff. The DNR Parks and Recreation Division manages 103 state parks and recreation areas, totaling 306,148 acres across…

In Michigan, Baltimore Township Pheasant Cooperative landowners give grasslands a boost

Members of the Baltimore Township Pheasant Cooperative received the “Conservationist of the Year” award in 2015 from Barry County Pheasants Forever.Throughout Michigan, neighbors are working together to improve habitat for pheasants, white-tailed deer and many other species by forming wildlife cooperatives. Two dedicated individuals established one of these cooperatives, the Baltimore Township Pheasant Cooperative. George Cullers and Jake Ypma give…

In southern Michigan, DNR and NWTF add second Turkey Tract

National Wild Turkey Federation and Department of Natural Resources staff members celebrate the opening of the new Turkey Tract at Flat River State Game Area in Montcalm County.The National Wild Turkey Federation and Michigan DNR recently introduced the second Turkey Tract in southern Michigan, at the Flat River State Game Area. The new Turkey Tract is located off Fenwick Road,…

Michigan fisheries on display with tours

Chinook salmon egg take, Little Manistee Wier. (Michigan DNR)The Michigan DNR again is offering the public the opportunity to see Great Lakes fish up close. Public and school groups can take part in free tours this fall at the Boardman River Weir in downtown Traverse City, the Little Manistee River Weir in Manistee County and the Platte River Weir in…

Invasive Japanese stiltgrass found near Ann Arbor

Japanese stiltgrass’s leaves come to a point at both ends and often have a silvery stripe or mid-rib near the middle. (Photo courtesy Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut)The Michigan DNR announced that Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), an invasive plant originating in Asia, recently has been positively identified on private property in Scio Township, near Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County….

Detroit teens get hands-on outdoor work experience in Upper Peninsula

(Michigan DNR)Building a bridge or planting trees is not something Detroit teenager Anthony Richard typically gets to experience. But a Michigan DNR program that enable youths to experience the great outdoors did just that for the 18-year-old Cass Tech graduate. “I’d never built a bridge before,” Richard said. “It showed us that it’s something we can do.” Richard was part…

In Michigan, coalition formed to fight oak wilt disease

The Oak Wilt Coalition is a new partnership between private, nonprofit and governmental organizations to help increase awareness about the serious threat of oak wilt disease in Michigan, according to a news release by the Michigan DNR. Led by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan, the partnership also includes representatives from the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, the Michigan Department of…

Monitoring Michigan’s migrating monarchs

While the chance to catch the majestic sight of multitudes of monarchs boosts tourism by drawing flocks of visitors to the area, site is even more important for its contribution to monarch butterfly research and conservation.