Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather.  A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover.  The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Citizens deserve to have more input on what happens to public land. 

That’s what environmental groups are saying, after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources allowed Orvana Resources to do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The DNR issued a press release a day after the drilling commenced.

Jon Saari is a board member of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and a member of the Mining Action Group.  He says that’s not enough notice, and that the public has the right to comment on what happens to a state park.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is letting a mining company do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.   

The DNR issued a use permit to Orvana Resources—a subsidiary of Highland Copper—to conduct the drilling on a one-square-mile piece of land along the westernmost edge of the park in Gogebic County.  Work began Sunday and is expected to continue into early March, weather permitting. 

ONTONAGON, MI--   Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is benefiting from a seed collection effort in Ontonagon County. 

The Department of Natural Resources, the Ontonagon Area School agriculture class, and White Pine Electric volunteers recently gathered acorns and maple tree seeds. They’ll be used to grow seedlings at a nursery in the Ottawa National Forest that will be replanted in the Porkies.

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS STATE PARK, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says several cabins and campsites at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park have reopened. 

The Lake Superior and Big Carp cabins and ten backcountry campsite were closed following flash flooding from a thunderstorm that dumped as much as 11 inches of rain on the area. 

ONTONAGON, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are warning boaters about a debris field floating in Lake Superior after 85 boats were destroyed by storms earlier in the week at a Wisconsin harbor.  

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says debris is expected to come ashore through the weekend at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the western Upper Peninsula. A drifting boat, dock and woody debris were among the things reported in the water.

The park posted signs cautioning boaters.

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SILVER CITY, MI (AP)--   Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is offering recreational and educational opportunities during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

They include close-up looks at live hawks and owls, a visit to a bear den and a hunt for Lake Superior agates.

Park interpreter Bob Wild says the events are designed to showcase and interpret some of the natural resources found in the park on the far western end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Artists who might be inspired by the rugged Upper Peninsula outdoors can apply for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program.  

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for this year's spring, summer and fall residencies and for winter of 2017.

The program offers writers, composers and visual and performing artists an opportunity to spend at least two weeks at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. They stay in a rustic cabin on the Little Union River and can get a three-night backcountry permit.

ONTONAGON, MI--   Five hikers have been found safe, after they lost their way in the Porcupine Mountains. 

The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Houghton man Saturday around 12:20 a.m.  He said his wife, three kids, and another woman left Friday around 9-30 a.m. for a day hike and were overdue. 

A search was initiated by the Sheriff’s Office, Porcupine Mountains rangers, Michigan State Police, Michigan DNR, and search and rescue personnel. 

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   Three hikers have been found safe after they got lost in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

The man, woman and teenaged girl were declared missing Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. when they didn’t return at a certain time, and a search party was sent out.

The hikers were able to call 911 with a cell phone.  The dispatcher told them to stay where they were so searchers could find them. 

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