Meetings on possible firearm hunting ban set

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has rescheduled
public meetings to discuss a proposed ban on firearm hunting and
snowmobile use in the Huron-Manistee National Forest.

Detroit-area lawyer Kurt Meister successfully argued before the
Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that officials favored hunters
and snowmobilers over hikers, birders and people who enjoy the
quiet of the outdoors when they drew up the forest’s 2006
management plan.

The Forest Service now must revisit the issue. It scheduled
hearings for last week but they were canceled because of a winter

The meetings will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at
the Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday at the Causeway Bay Hotel in Lansing.

The forest covers about 1 million acres.

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