Michigan Department of Natural Resources

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   An open house and ribbon-cutting event is scheduled to celebrate recent construction projects at Fayette Historic State Park in the Upper Peninsula. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the program will be held May 27.

The park is located south of the village of Garden in Delta County.

Improvements over the past year include construction of a boat dock at Snail Shell Harbor and a modern restroom building at the park campground.

Supervisor Randy Brown says both will improve the experience for visitors.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for outside partners to help raise money and public support for state parks, trails and waterways. 

Parks and Recreation Director Ron Olson says businesses that support the initiatives help promote outdoor recreation, a key sector of the state economy.

Under a program called "These Goods are Good for Michigan," a winery, a brewer and a coffee maker created special product lines honoring state parks. They donated a portion of the sales to the park system.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is again urging anglers who catch marked and tagged fish to report them.

The DNR has used a coded-wire tag program to mass-mark various fish species in Michigan since the 1980s. The marking provides critical data for biologists, who use it to determine the value of naturally reproduced fish versus stocked fish and the movement of fish through the lakes.

The tag program involves implanting a small, coded-wire tag that’s naked to the human eye in the snout of a fish. A tagged fish will have its adipose fin removed.

ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Residents in Ely Township were evacuated from their homes after a forest fire was reported near County Road 581 and Island Lake Road around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The evacuation was ordered for those who lived near County Roads CS and CCE. They were directed to the Ishpeming Township Fire Hall until firefighters could bring the blaze under control.

Responding agencies included the Department of Natural Resources and fire departments from Ishpeming Township, Negaunee, and Richmond Township.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is conducting prescribed burns in Iron and Schoolcraft counties Friday. 

The 94-acre burn in Iron County is about 2 ¼ miles south of M-69. Officials say it will maintain openings by reducing woody stem cover and promote blueberry production for wildlife.

The 25-acre burn in Schoolcraft County is off of Dump 1 Road in Thompson Township. It also aims to reduce woody vegetation and slash to maintain openings for wildlife.

For further information call 906-249-1497.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State agencies are offering grants for projects designed to stop more invasive species from getting a foothold in Michigan.

Officials say $3.6 million is available for distribution this year under a program administered by the Department of Natural Resources. It was established in 2014 to help prevent, detect, manage and eradicate invasive species on the ground and in the water.

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   Michigan Department of Natural Resources sawyers are headed to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to help clean up significant tree fall from a late-season ice and snow storm.

Last week higher elevations at the park received an inch of ice, followed by 2 to 4 inches of snow. Numerous trees were weakened and toppled by the weight.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials are looking for looking for feedback on a draft plan to manage Michigan's state parks over the next five years. 

The state Department of Natural Resources says the blueprint identifies issues that need to be dealt with in the system, which includes 103 state parks and recreation areas.

The Parks and Recreation Division also oversees the state's boating program, the motorized and non-motorized trail system and 138 state forest campgrounds.


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.