Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MARQUETTE, MI--   Communities in four Upper Peninsula counties are among 22 around the state to receive a Recreation Passport grant through the Department of Natural Resources.

The money is used to help complete outdoor recreation facility renovations and improvements. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon capture and collar deer in the Western UP to study migration patterns.

UP Regional Wildlife Supervisor Terry Minzey says the study will provide information the DNR needs if Chronic Wasting Disease is detected in the area. He says the fatal disease has not been detected in the Upper Peninsula, but CWD-infected deer were found in Wisconsin within 30 miles of the Michigan border.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Six new DNR conservation officers are headed to work in the Upper Peninsula.

Twenty-two men and women graduated from Conservation Officer Recruit School Thursday after completing 23 weeks of training. The new officers will report for duty in their assigned counties and serve in a probationary capacity for one year.

One CO will serve in Marquette County, one in Delta, two officers in Gogebic County, one in Baraga, and one in Luce County. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is alerting snowmobilers to several trail closures in effect.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A team of Michigan wildlands firefighters is heading to California to help put out fires that have been burning across the state. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said 20 firefighters left Wednesday and will be gone through early January. They will be on standby in the Sequoia National Forest.

The team includes 13 Michigan DNR firefighters. Seven others are from Michigan's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is recommending funding a shooting range in Sands Township. 

The proposed site is along County Road 480 about two miles northwest of M-553 on property owned by the Marquette County Road Commission. The recommendation to approve $225,000 for the range is a pivotal step forward for the project.

Department of Natural Resources officials say the next step is to seek support for the project through the Sands Township zoning process.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Another round of state of Michigan grant funding will be available for communities and organizations working on the Iron Belle Trail. 

The Department of Natural Resources says the primary focus will be on trail segments that will be ready for construction in 2018. Also emphasized will be project engineering and design, as well as sign purchases.

Grant proposals of up to $30,000 are due Jan. 5. Winners will be announced in March. The DNR says matching funds are recommended but not required.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is shutting down part of the main east-west snowmobile connector route in the U.P. for repairs. 

Officials say a bridge along Trail #8 in Marquette County is closed. A major support beam on the underside of the bridge is cracked and needs to be replaced. That means the section of trail between Champion and the Baraga Plains is closed to through traffic.

The DNR and Moose Country Snowmobile Club are working on the repairs.

The DNR plans to reopen the bridge in mid-January. 

LAKE LINDEN, MI--   A public meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening to discuss measures to save the Keweenaw’s Buffalo Reef has been postponed.

The Department of Natural Resources says blizzard conditions forecast for the area have forced officials to delay the event at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School.

The meeting will be rescheduled for early in the new year. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to serve as campground hosts in state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest sites. 

Hosts can stay in the campgrounds free of charge. In exchange, they perform 30 hours of service per week. Among their duties are helping campers find their sites, answering camper questions, planning activities and light maintenance chores.