Category Archives: Natural Resources

Bike path expected in central Michigan by next fall


A new bike trail is expected to debut next fall in central Michigan.

Officials say the proposed path would extend from Clare to Alma and connect two existing trails: the Pere Marquette and Fred Meijer Heartland trails.

The path is proposed to run more than 40 miles through Clare, Isabella and Gratiot Counties. It would largely run parallel to US-127. Read more

DNR offers fishing and backpacking workshops for women

Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the natural beauty of northern Michigan and a Department of Natural Resources program is trying to introduce more women to the outdoors.

The program is called “Becoming An Outdoors Woman.” The goal to teach women outdoor skills for backpacking, hunting, fishing and other related activities. Read more

DNR is offering a reward in Montmorency County elk poaching cold-case

DNR officials are kicking off elk season by asking for the public’s help to track down a poacher.

The case happened last December in Montmorency County.

Debbie Munson Badini is a spokesperson for the DNR.
She said the head and antlers of an elk were taken as a trophy, but the rest of the animal was left behind. Read more

University research project takes to the sky to help threatened Great Lakes species


Pitcher's Thistle.  Photo by Steve Jessmore. CMU

Pitcher’s Thistle. Photo by Steve Jessmore. CMU

A rare plant species that calls the Great Lakes Region home is now getting attention from researchers; from up in the air.

Researchers are using the technology to map where the Pitcher’s thistle plant lives. It’s something officials typically do by counting in person. One by one. Read more