Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Registration for this summer’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is now open.

It’s the 20th time the Department of Natural Resources has hosted the event for women 18 and older who want to improve their outdoor skills.  BOW coordinator Sharon Pitz says it’s a non-competitive program where each person learns at her own pace in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A series of spring workshops has been scheduled to provide information about the status of fish populations in Michigan's Great Lakes waters and Lake St. Clair. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring the events with other agencies and local organizations, including Michigan Sea Grant and the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Officials say they should be helpful to anglers, charter captains, resource professionals and other community members.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   If you want to be helpful this spring as birds hatch and raise their young, the best thing to do is leave them alone. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it's common to find bird nests in gardens, flower boxes and landscaping near office buildings. Mallard ducks often pick nesting sites that people might consider unsafe.

Wildlife communications coordinator Holly Vaughn says mother ducks will make quiet neighbors while waiting for their eggs to hatch.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released an update on the health of the state's forests, including threats posed by insects and diseases.

Michigan's 20 million acres of forest land supports recreation, forest products and other industries while providing crucial wildlife habitat.

The report outlines efforts to control spruce budworm, a pest that periodically defoliates spruce and fir forests. It says infestations probably will increase over the next 10 years. Experts are looking for high-risk areas in state forests.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has awarded $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants to 11 recipients in the U.P.

The money will be used to enhance whitetail habitat on non-state-managed lands.

The grant proposal recipients selected for 2017 are:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking private landowners to help maintain and improve deer wintering habitat in U.P. counties. 

Officials say habitat quality is an influence in white-tailed deer population trends. 

Three meetings will be held to discuss cost-share programs available to aid in those improvement efforts. Each will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

GWINN, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has closed a footbridge leading to Black River Falls in the Gwinn Forest Management Unit. 

The wooden bridge crosses a small, deep gorge in the rocks that channels water from the river during flooding. Officials say severe deterioration has created an unsafe condition. Decking planks are missing and the railings are weak and worn.

The bridge will be removed in the upcoming field season and that segment of the trail permanently closed.

An alternate route to the falls will be improved this spring or summer.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four U.P. entities are getting a portion of $350,000 in funding from the Department of Natural Resources for projects along the state’s Iron Belle Trail.

The route is the longest state-designated trail in the nation and includes more than 2,000 miles of hiking and biking routes from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its final decision on non-motorized trails at Little Presque Isle in Marquette County. 

A total of 17.2 miles of mountain bike trail will be designated for the non-winter biking season, and 10.7 miles of winter fat tire bike route will be designated for riding from December 1 to May 1.

The DNR evaluated on-the-ground conditions at Presque Isle and took comment from user groups and the general public about potential trails plans.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern and Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils are meeting in the middle next week. 

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