Michigan Department of Natural Resources

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new computer application enables Michigan residents to help conserve fish and wildlife by reporting what they see while out in the field.

The Eyes in the Field app replaces 15 separate forms that the state Department of Natural Resources previously used to gather this kind of information.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is continuing its work to bring the U.P.’s first public shooting range to Marquette County. 

Officials are looking to spend $800,000 on the site, which needs to be easily accessible to the more populated areas of Marquette, Negaunee, and Ishpeming. The DNR is considering three sites in Sands Township—a Sands West property managed by the DNR, a parcel of Marquette County Road Commission property, and private property owned by Cliffs Natural Resources, which are off County Road 480.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Bill O'Neill has been named natural resources deputy for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

DNR Director Keith Creagh says O'Neill's appointment will be effective Aug. 13.

O'Neill replaces Bill Moritz, who is leaving the agency to work for the Wildlife Management Institute.

O'Neill is a 31-year veteran of the DNR who has served most recently as chief of the Forest Resources Division.

LAKE LINDEN, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is holding a meeting to get public input about a proposed dredging project in Houghton County. 

Waste rock from mining—known as stamp sands—were dumped into Lake Superior near the town of Gay more than 100 years ago. Water has since moved the sands, which are now filling in Grand Traverse Harbor. They also threaten Buffalo Reef, an important spawning area for lake trout and whitefish.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released a report on its fisheries management activities during the previous fiscal year.

The 2016 Fisheries Division Annual Report describes continued efforts toward accomplishing goals set under a five-year plan published in 2013.

Among highlights are dam removal efforts, habitat restoration work and prevention of invasions by non-native species.

LANSING, MI--   A Department of Natural Resources officer has been honored for his lifesaving efforts.

Conservation officer Mike Evink was called to a Schoolcraft County home in January. A propane delivery man found homeowner Ronald Haug unresponsive on the floor of his garage, overcome by carbon monoxide. The deliveryman tried CPR, then made an emergency phone call before he lost consciousness.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is looking for youth mentors for outdoor recreation activities at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. 

The DNR wants volunteers who are interested in helping kids learn to catch fish, shoot a pellet gun, or use a bow and arrow at the Pocket Park.  The park is a one-acre site within the fairgrounds that features a bluegill-stocked catch-and-release pond, archery and pellet gun ranges, a fire tower, and a waterfall.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan law enforcement plan increased enforcement of boating safety laws as the Fourth of July holiday approaches. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says this year's Operation Dry Water campaign runs from June 30 to July 2. The agency says hazardous accidents can happen when boating is combined with alcohol and drug use. Officials are asking boaters to operate watercraft while they're sober, wear a life jacket and take boating safety courses.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources says moose numbers in the Western U.P. appear to be on the uptick.

Wildlife biologists estimate the number of the core population at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015.

Surveys of moose in the Western U.P. are conducted every two years from fixed wing aircraft. But winter weather conditions prevented biologists from completing this year’s aerial survey. Researchers think if it had been finished, it would have yielded between 420 and 470 moose in the Western U.P.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Michigan DNR officer has been honored for saving the life of a little boy on Little Day de Noc ice this past winter. 

On February 5 Conservation Officer Patrick Hartsig was notified that a 10-year-old boy with special needs had run away from his Gladstone home and was last seen crossing the bay on the ice. Hartsig launched his snowmobile near Hunter’s Point and found the boy in his stocking feet about a mile out.