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Trail_Fanatic
March 23rd, 2009, 04:02 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2009

Contact: Mary Dettloff
517-335-3014


DNR Announces Series of Statewide Town Hall Meetings to Engage Public in Determining Conservation Priorities

The Department of Natural Resources will host a series of public meetings across the state in April to discuss conservation priorities for the department and the state of Michigan. The Conservation Town Hall meetings will be led by DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, with the assistance of the Michigan State University Extension Service. “These meetings are a chance for the DNR to discuss with a broad range of recreational enthusiasts how to best invest in conservation during these tough economic times,” said Humphries. “As the department charged with managing the state’s natural resources, we want to ensure we are making the best possible decisions in meeting our mission and ensuring a natural heritage for the future.” All the meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings are scheduled for:

● Monday, April 6, at the Prince Conference Center Great Hall at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, located at 1800 E. Beltline SE.

● Wednesday, April 8, in Rooms 100 A-B-C at Davenport University in Midland, located at 3555 E. Patrick Rd.

● Monday, April 13, in the Michigan Room of the Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University, located at 540 W. Kaye Ave. in Marquette.

● Tuesday, April 14, in the meeting room of the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, located at 1213 W. Civic Center Dr. in Traverse City.

● Monday, April 20, in the banquet room of the Novi Civic Center, located at 45175 W. 10 Mile Rd. in Novi.

Among the topics Humphries will discuss with participants are the role of the DNR in natural resources management, land management, how best to recruit new outdoor enthusiasts, the priorities for the future, and what citizens value the most about their outdoor activities in Michigan. Humphries encouraged anyone interested in outdoor recreation and natural resources to attend the public meetings, including hunters, anglers, trail riders, campers, boaters, mountain bikers, hikers, birdwatchers, and representatives from resource-based industries.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Natalie Elkins in the DNR Office of Communications at 517-373-6919 a minimum of five business days before the meeting. Requests made less than five business days before the event may not be accommodated.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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Jarhead
March 24th, 2009, 09:04 AM
All the meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings are scheduled for:

● Monday, April 6, at the Prince Conference Center Great Hall at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, located at 1800 E. Beltline SE.

● Wednesday, April 8, in Rooms 100 A-B-C at Davenport University in Midland, located at 3555 E. Patrick Rd.

● Monday, April 13, in the Michigan Room of the Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University, located at 540 W. Kaye Ave. in Marquette.

● Tuesday, April 14, in the meeting room of the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, located at 1213 W. Civic Center Dr. in Traverse City.

● Monday, April 20, in the banquet room of the Novi Civic Center, located at 45175 W. 10 Mile Rd. in Novi.

Is it all possible to get someone from the Membership to post up here that they are willing and can attend one of these meetings to represent Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association?

Trail_Fanatic
March 24th, 2009, 07:50 PM
I'll go to the GR meeting.

:thumb:

Trail_Fanatic
April 6th, 2009, 09:18 PM
Just back from the GR meeting.

Folks, this is a VOTE situation.
Everyone sits around tables and brainstorms what they would like to see the Dept. do better.

I sat in the room as the lone 4x4 enthusiast with 50 greenies, 30 hunters, 20 anglers, a half dozen mountain bikers, a half dozen equestrians, and 1 dirt biker. How well do you think my voice was heard?

That's right. It wasn't.

IF we want to be heard at this set of meetings (AND WE DO!) then we need MANY 4x4 enthusiasts to descend upon these meetings and make SURE they understand that it's all about ACCESS.

Not just 4x4, but access period. Pull down the gates and let the people in - whatever their recreation.

PLEASE make every effort to attend the rest of these meetings and make sure you are HEARD.

Thank you for your participation.

phittie1100
April 7th, 2009, 08:58 AM
Wow - wish they would have made it a little more clear that these were more than just goodwill missions out into the community. I just added the Novi date to my calendar, can't make any of the others.

Creative Fab
April 7th, 2009, 09:39 AM
I will go to the Midland meeting and see if some of my club members to attend with me.

TOOLTIME
April 7th, 2009, 09:40 AM
added novi to my rough schedule of being laid-off:banghead::banghead:

TWEAK
April 7th, 2009, 10:01 AM
I am planning on going to the Midland Meeting!:thumb:

USMC 0369
April 7th, 2009, 05:36 PM
Grrrrrrrrrr.... :banghead:

69 Days and counting.

Trail_Fanatic
April 7th, 2009, 10:48 PM
I'm with you there!

I didn't know what to expect either, that's why I thought I'd post up a quickie response afterward.

It's actually not very often they use a format that can be so easily skewed.
We need to take advantage while we can.


Thank you to ANYONE who can make one!

Jarhead
April 8th, 2009, 07:43 AM
Grrrrrrrrrr.... :banghead:

69 Days and counting.

Don't worry, we will still have lots of meeting opportunties once you retire...

TWEAK
April 8th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Went to the meeting in Midland tonight - very good discussions. If you have the opportunity to attend one of these, I would highly recommend it. :thumb:

One thing that I found out tonight in a separate discussion with a DNR agent was the House Bills 0388 and 0389... which deal with the State park stickers. Basically the way that I read the bills, Michigan SOS licensed vehicles would be (or have the option) to be licensed to use the state parks based on the fact that it is licensed in the state. (I see that Bill 389 says it may be an additional $10 fee). Out of state users would have to get a "pass".

More information can be found here:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2009-2010/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2009-SIB-0388.htm

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2009-2010/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2009-SIB-0389.htm

TWEAK
April 8th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Just back from the GR meeting.

Folks, this is a VOTE situation.
Everyone sits around tables and brainstorms what they would like to see the Dept. do better.

I sat in the room as the lone 4x4 enthusiast with 50 greenies, 30 hunters, 20 anglers, a half dozen mountain bikers, a half dozen equestrians, and 1 dirt biker. How well do you think my voice was heard?

That's right. It wasn't.

IF we want to be heard at this set of meetings (AND WE DO!) then we need MANY 4x4 enthusiasts to descend upon these meetings and make SURE they understand that it's all about ACCESS.

Not just 4x4, but access period. Pull down the gates and let the people in - whatever their recreation.

PLEASE make every effort to attend the rest of these meetings and make sure you are HEARD.

Thank you for your participation.

There were a lot of folks from equestrian clubs that were at the Midland meeting tonight. Sounds like we share many of the same issues that they do.

Creative Fab
April 9th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I want to thank the folks who attended last night on our behalf, Rob Lawrence, Steve Gradowski, Dale Strobel. All Tri-City Trailrider members. :yourock:

Like Rob said, it was a very good meeting with a wide variety of users. One crowd did stand out and that was the horse faction. They are getting the short end of the stick as far as places to ride.

The folks from the Pigeon River area were also out in force. i wish we could have had more than 2 hours to discuss our issues. I know I didn't have enough time to get out all of they things on my short list.

The VP of the MSA and a forester were also at our table. It was suggested that at future meetings that we split up folks from the same organizations so they are not all at one table and the different interest groups can mingle together better than we did. The idea was well recieved.

JohnnyJ
April 20th, 2009, 09:46 PM
I just got back from the Novi meeting. We rough counted about 85 or so people and there were 10 GLFWDA members there.

Once again, equestrian folks were the most represented. Mountain bikers also had a few people get up and speak. We had a good turnout, but definitely did not overwhelm the meeting.

Trail_Fanatic
April 20th, 2009, 11:12 PM
A HUGE Thank you to ALL who attended any of these meetings!
This format isn't offered often and it's nice to take advantage of it when we can.

:yourock:

So did it sound like you got the access point across to them?

Greenway
April 20th, 2009, 11:51 PM
For those of you who missed the meetings that still want your comments heard, the DNR is encouraging you to voice your opinion via this link. (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10366_53150-211814--,00.html)

There are 4 different areas that each have 2 questions to answer. For anything you wish to say beyond their questions, put that in your answer too. They will read it. The more wheelers we can get to do this the better off we'll be.

WhiteRhino
April 21st, 2009, 07:06 AM
Out of about 85 people there, we had 10 GLFWDA members or about 12%. The only larger group were the horse people.

I thought it was well worth the time taken.

TOOLTIME
April 21st, 2009, 07:43 AM
actually 12 gl4wda members...lori and i from atv offroad club of michigan were there too....and a third member of ours, but not yours...one ccc member that i saw.
lots of horse folks...
naaa na

JohnnyJ
April 21st, 2009, 07:56 AM
I saw your shirt while we were in the meeting, but didn't know you were a GLFWDA member, too. Good deal.

Bult4mud
May 4th, 2009, 03:27 PM
WOOT...

I did notice alot of HOrsie people there.. I heard one talking about the SOFO logo on our shirts.. She approached my girl ( her logo is pink) and started asking questions about what SOFO/GLFWDA was into ect.

she directed them to GLFWDA.org

they have huge numbers at these events I hope we can keep up..

THanks for going