Gaylord, Mich. — The Department of Natural Resources and
Environment will host an open house on Tuesday, July 27, to provide
information and receive public comment on proposed forest
management treatments for 2012 in the Pigeon River Country
Management Unit. The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at
the Pigeon River Country Headquarters office, 9966 Twin Lakes Rd.,
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 public and private lands.
Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting,
replanting, and other management activities, are 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 www.michigan.gov/ under the Forests,
Land & Water section.
Each management unit is divided into smaller units or
compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources.
Compartments under review this year are in Forest, Nunda and Walker
townships in Cheboygan County; and Corwith and Charlton townships
in Otsego County. The formal compartment review to decide on
prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 25, at the Pigeon River Country Headquarters.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the PRC
Open Houses should contact Scott Whitcomb at 989-983-4101 a minimum
of five (5) business days before this event/meeting. Requests made
less than five business days before this event may not be