Michigan DNR

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.

In Michigan, Tree Check Month means looking for signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle

Egg pits chewed by female Asian longhorned beetles may be one of the first signs of infestation. (Photo courtesy Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program)The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared August as national Tree Check Month – time to be on the lookout for invasive, destructive pests threatening Michigan’s urban and forest landscapes. The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural…

Black River sturgeon hatchery on display

(Michigan DNR)The Michigan DNR, Michigan State University, Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership and Sturgeon For Tomorrow will host sturgeon hatchery tours at the Black River facility northwest of Onaway Saturday, Aug. 19. Tours will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are free of charge. The hatchery is located in Cheboygan County on the Upper Black River adjacent to the Kleber…

DNR puts focus on invasive species in first week of August

Explorer guides provide outdoor education programming in Michigan state parks, including the upcoming STOP the Invasives Week Aug. 1-6. (Michigan DNR) The Michigan DNR will highlight the identification, management and impact of invasive species during “STOP the Invasives Week” in Michigan state parks Aug. 1-6. An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely…

Michigan continues to step up habitat enhancement efforts that benefit pollinating insects

Pollinators like monarch butterflies also will benefit from the restoration work. (Michigan DNR)Pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee, listed in March as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently have made headlines due to declining populations, primarily from habitat loss. Grasslands, vitally important to many species including pollinators, have become increasingly…