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    Lower 41.5 GLFWDA Member Renegade II's Avatar
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    Default State wants input on Mid-Michigan forest plans

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host open houses July 24 in Gladwin and July 25 in Harrison to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2014 in the Gladwin management unit, which includes Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella and Midland counties.

    Both open houses will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at these locations:
    •July 24 - DNR Gladwin Field Office, 801 North Silverleaf, Gladwin
    (will cover proposed forest treatments in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco and Midland counties)

    •July 25 - Redding Township Town Hall, 8391 West Temple Dr., Harrison
    (will cover proposed forest treatments in Clare County)

    Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key information about the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation, wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs, archaeological sites, minerals, recreational use, wildfire potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent public and private lands.

    Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

    Bill O'Neill, acting chief of the DNR's Forest Resources Division, said these open houses are a good way for interested residents and stakeholders to learn - well in advance - about the DNR's proposed treatment plans and to share input toward final decisions on those treatments.

    "When it comes to the health and sustainability of our state forests, we're always thinking several years ahead," said O'Neill, who also serves as acting state forester. "We like to do the open houses around the state because the public gets an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues that matter most to them. It turns out to be a valuable exchange of information and ideas."

    Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open houses, but can also be found at under the Forests, Land & Water section.

    To more easily and efficiently oversee the forest resources, the DNR divides each management unit into smaller units or "compartments." This year, the compartments under review are in Redding, Summerfield, Surrey and Winterfield townships in Clare County; Bentley, Billings, Bourret, Clement, Hay, Secord and Sherman townships in Gladwin County; Greendale, Lee and Mills townships in Midland County; Arenac, Clayton and Mason townships in Arenac County; and Alabaster Township in Iosco County.

    On Aug. 7, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will start at 9 a.m. at the DNR Harrison Field Office, 2115 Sullivan Dr., in Harrison.

    Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for any of these meetings should contact Jason Hartman at 989-426-9205 ext. 7640 a minimum of five business days before the meeting.

    There use to be some very nice small lakes and riding areas in Arenac & Gladwin, but everything decent got down years back. It'd be nice to see some of this open back up.

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    While I don't want to discourage anyone from taking an active role in the management of our public lands when the opportunity arises, I should share my experience. I went to one of these a couple of years ago in Gaylord. I was expecting something different than what it was - a compartment by compartment analyses of the timber crop, and how harvesting that crop could potentially impact wildlife and other natural resources. There was almost no mention of how the timber management would impact the primitive roads in the affected areas, but lots of discussion about whether the state was finally going to harvest that stand of red oaks over behind Johnson's old homestead, or whether or not there were enough of invasive species XX across the road from Miller's farm to warrant chemical treatment. The people that attended were generally people whose community or individual property would be affected by timber operations, and the conversation was very detailed.
    Paul - 2005 Wrangler Unlimited


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