Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

EWEN, MI--   The bridge over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River near Ewen is reopen.

The Department of Natural Resources closed the former railroad bridge in May to perform rehabilitation work. The $803,000 project included removal of the old bridge deck and wooden approach abutments. The new bridge deck is constructed of pressure-treated, glue-laminated beams, deck, and railing.

The bridge provides access for snowmobile, off-road vehicle, and non-motorized traffic on the Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Grade.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for private companies to operate concession areas at state parks and other locations. 

Parks chief Ron Olson says the possibilities range from food service to renting boats or bikes and operating campground stores. Concessionaires can enter into a contract lasting up to seven years.

Those interested in submitting bids are expected to have prior business experience and adequate cash to fund the concession of their choice.


ST. IGNACE, MI (AP)--   Michigan scientists are renewing one of the longest continuous fish surveys in the Great Lakes. 

The state Department of Natural Resources this week is collecting fish from channels and bays of the Les Cheneaux Islands, located along the Lake Huron shoreline on the Upper Peninsula's southeastern tip.

They're using nets at stations across the island chain to gather specimens that represent broader populations.

Research biologist Dave Fielder says their length, weight and other characteristics will shed light on the health of various species.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials have detected another case of a viral disease that has caused periodic die-offs of Michigan deer.  

The state Department of Natural Resources says a deer in Genesee County tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. It's spread by a biting fly.

Symptoms include loss of appetite, weakness and excessive salivation. Infected deer are often found along water bodies because EHD makes them feverish and dehydrated.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   There is a new five-year strategy for managing Michigan's parks and recreation system.

The Department of Natural Resources says the plan was developed through discussions with other state agencies and groups representing various public interests.

The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas that together occupy more than 300,000 acres. The parks and recreation division also oversees the state's boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trails system and 138 state forest campgrounds.


LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources and the Michigan State Police expressed concerns Wednesday about new information confirming there are gaps in the protective coating on a portion of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, at least one of which was apparently caused during the installation of supportive pipe anchors.

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.