Forest management meeting slated for Traverse City

Traverse City, Mich. — The Department of Natural Resources and
Environment will host an open house for the Traverse City area on
Wednesday, June 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the DNRE’s Traverse City
Field Office, located at 970 Emerson Rd. in Traverse City. The
purpose of the open house is to provide information and receive
public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2012 in
the Traverse City Forest Management Unit. The open house for the
Kalkaska area will be on Thursday, July 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the
DNRE’s Kalkaska Field Office, located 2089 North Birch St.,
Kalkaska.

Each year, DNRE personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of
the state forest. Information gathered includes the health, quality
and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and
needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use; wildfire
potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and
neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public and private.
Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting,
replanting and other management activities, are then designed to
ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review
proposed treatments and to provide input toward final decisions on
those treatments. It also provides the public an opportunity to
talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Maps
and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available
at the open house, and can be accessed at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr,
under the Forests, Land & Water section.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or
compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources.
The Traverse City open house and compartment review will focus on
compartments in Inland, Colfax and Weldon townships in Benzie
County; Acme, Whitewater, Blair and Union townships in Grand
Traverse County; Empire Township in Leelanau County; and Elk Rapids
Township in Antrim County. The Kalkaska open house and compartment
review will focus on compartments in Kalkaska, Rapid River, Blue
Lake, Oliver, Bear Lake, Garfield, and Boardman townships in
Kalkaska County.

The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for
these Traverse City areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, July
21, at the East Bay Townhall at 1965 Three Mile Road North. The
compartment review for the Kalkaska areas is scheduled for 9 a.m.,
Thursday, July 22, at the Stone House at 419 South Coral St.,
Kalkaska.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for any of
these meetings should contact David Lemmien at 231-922-5280 a
minimum of five (5) business days before the meeting. Requests made
less than five business days before the meeting may not be
accommodated.

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