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June 4th, 2009, 01:25 PM
DNR Hosts Open House June 30 in Traverse City Forest Management Unit
Contact: David Lemmien 231-922-5280
Agency: Natural Resources

June 3, 2009

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house for the Traverse City Forest Management Unit on Tuesday, June 30, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2011 in the Traverse City Management Unit. The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Traverse City Field Office, located at 970 Emerson Rd. in Traverse City.

Each year, DNR 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 lands, public and private. Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, then 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/dnr under the Forests, Land & Water section.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Traverse City open house and compartment review will focus on compartments in Springdale Township in Manistee County; Almira and Weldon townships in Benzie County; Long Lake, Green Lake, Paradise, Acme, East Bay and Fife Lake townships in Grand Traverse County; Kasson and Elmwood townships in Leelanau County; and Elk Rapids Township in Antrim County.

The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, at the East Bay Township Hall at 1965 Three Mile Road North.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for any of these meetings should contact David Lemmien at (231) 922-5280 a minimum of five business days before the meeting. Requests made less than five business days before the meeting 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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