Michigan DNR

Michigan focuses on early detection to battle invasives

Glenn Schmitt of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality surveys the extent of a parrot feather invasion in a creek in Jackson County. (Michigan DNR)Experts with the Michigan’s Invasive Species Program are ready. The program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development, relies on calls, emails and reports before springing into action…

Keeping Michigan’s black bears at a distance

(Michigan DNR)The Department of Natural Resources is asking Michigan residents to help keep the state’s up-north icon a wild animal by keeping bears at a distance. With many people – whether seasonal visitors or year-round residents – outdoors and enjoying northern Michigan in the summer months, removing bird feeders is an easy answer to bear problems. Michigan’s estimated black bear population is over 12,000…

Michigan releases draft plan to improve Lake Erie water control

Crafted by the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Quality, and Natural Resources, the plan aims to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie to help prevent persistent, intense algal blooms in the western part of Lake Erie, including those that are unsafe for people, and address low dissolved oxygen in the central basin of Lake Erie.

Michigan’s state fish hatcheries offer up-close experience for all ages

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reared fish at its state fish hatcheries for more than a century. Located throughout Michigan, the DNR’s six state fish hatcheries rear and stock fish for a variety of reasons, including to restore ecosystem balance, provide diverse fishing opportunities, rehabilitate depressed fish populations and reintroduce extirpated species. For 2017, the DNR has launched its Hatchery…