Michigan DNR

DNR welcomes new director

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced appointments for several state agencies, including Daniel Eichinger, who joins the DNR as the department’s new director. Eichinger most recently served as executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the nation’s most effective state-based conservation organization, the DNR said in a news release Monday, Jan. 7. In that role, he led MUCC’s return as a driving force for…

Two invasive species identified as new threats to Michigan

Spotted lanternfly, a leaf-hopper native to China and India, and Japanese chaff flower, a plant from East Asia, have been added to the state’s invasive species watch list due to the threats they pose to agriculture and the environment, the Michigan DNR said in a news release Monday, Sept. 17. Already found in Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia, spotted lanternfly is spreading through eastern…

More than 2,000 pounds of red swamp crayfish confiscated; largest AIS seizure ever by DNR

(Michigan DNR)More than 2,000 pounds of live, illegal red swamp crayfish recently were seized by Michigan DNR conservation officers – the largest aquatic invasive species seizure by the Michigan DNR, the agency said in a news release Tuesday, July 23. Red swamp crayfish are prohibited in both Michigan and Canada. They burrow and create shoreline erosion, creating instability. Additionally, they…

Cleanup improves health of Upper Peninsula’s Menominee River

(Michigan DNR)A recent cleanup effort along a stretch of the Menominee River is expected to boost fish and environmental health in the area as the river recovers. The Menominee River forms the boundary between the northeast corner of Wisconsin and the southern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with headwaters originating in both states and eventually emptying into Green Bay. Federal…