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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
MI DNR wants to hear your ideas on state forest planning for Alger and Marquette counties
DNR wants to hear your ideas on state forest planning for Alger and Marquette counties

Whether you're interested in healthy forests, quality wildlife habitat or a strong forest products industry, don't miss the upcoming opportunity to get involved in state forest planning.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources currently is making plans for the forest in 2019. These management plans include harvesting timber, planting trees, prescribed burning and maintaining fields and open areas – activities that help to provide wildlife habitat, control invasive species and improve the overall health of the forest.

This year, areas are under review in Rock River Township (Alger County) and Champion, Chocolay, Ely, Ewing, Forsyth, Humboldt, Marquette, Michigamme, Republic, Sands, Tilden, Turn and Wells townships (Marquette County).

The DNR also is seeking public input regarding management plans for Ecological Reference Areas, rare or high-quality natural communities that have been relatively undisturbed by human intervention. The DNR's long-term goal is to maintain these areas as an example of Michigan's biodiversity. Three Ecological Reference Area plans are being reviewed in Marquette County in the following areas: Rocking Chair Lakes, Little Presque Isle and Bryan Creek-Camp 10 Road.

You're invited to look over proposals, view maps of the affected areas and provide feedback. Come to the following public meetings:

Marquette – Sept. 19
3-6 p.m. at the Marquette Township Community Center, 1000 Commerce Drive
DNR staff will approve final plans at a meeting Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Don H. Bottum University Center (on the campus of Northern Michigan University), 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette.

If you can't make any of these meetings, you can find maps and information online at Select the "Find a Forest" button and click the "Gwinn" button on the map. You also can submit comments via email to Tom Seablom using the subject line "Gwinn Forest Management Unit open house comment."

If you have a disability that requires accommodations to attend these meetings, contact Tom Seablom at or 906-346-9201 prior to each meeting.

Learn more about the state forest planning process at

Contact: Tom Seablom, 906-346-9201

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