Michigan state parks

HOLLAND, MI (AP)--   Michigan is expected to tighten rules about firewood in state parks and some other public lands starting next year as part of efforts to curb destructive invasive species. 

Jason Fleming, resource protection and promotion section chief for the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division, tells The Holland Sentinel that an official policy is being developed. He says specifics could be finalized this fall.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts next year at Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week. Duties include helping campers find their sites, answering questions about the park, planning campground activities and light maintenance. In exchange, hosts get to stay at the campgrounds for free.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Fees at state-operated campgrounds in Michigan are going up this year to cover higher costs and pay for maintenance projects. 

Parks and recreation chief Ron Olson of the Department of Natural Resources says the amount of the increase at a particular site depends on its popularity.

At those where occupancy rates average 82 percent or more, the fee will rise $4 per night. Campgrounds that are in lesser demand will have increases of $1 or $2 nightly.

State park holiday hikes coming up

Dec 23, 2014
MacKenzie Burger / The Bay City Times

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring free, guided hikes in Michigan parks around New Year's Day as part of a nationwide outdoor effort. 

The hikes are part of the America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson says in a statement that the hikes "are a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off those extra holiday calories."

MI parks celebrating the approach of autumn

Sep 3, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP)--   More than 30 state parks and recreation areas in Michigan are preparing to host fall harvest festivals.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the events feature fall-themed, family-oriented activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests and trick-or-treating.

Each park puts its own spin on the celebrations, so no two events are exactly the same.

Some are only for people camping at the parks.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to establish partnerships for outdoor recreation programs next year.  

Opportunities range from volunteering as an instructor for various statewide campaigns to donating to projects.

Parks and recreation chief Ron Olson says the goal is to develop relationships that are good for parks, visitors and businesses.

LANSING, MI--   Volunteers are needed for the 2013 camping season in Michigan. 

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for residents willing to serve as hosts at state parks and state forest campgrounds next summer.  Hosts direct visitors to their campsites, answer questions, arrange campground activities and perform other services.  In return, hosts camp for free. 

Hosts can be individuals or teams.  They must be 18 years old, provide 30 hours of service a week, serve a minimum of four weeks in a row, and furnish their own equipment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A panel appointed by Governor Rick Snyder is recommending ways to improve Michigan's state park system.

The 16-member group sent its findings to the governor Friday. The report calls for finding new funding sources for parks, including seeking bonding authority to reduce a backlog of maintenance needs.

It also proposes re-establishing the State Parks Foundation to accept private donations.