DNR asking for input on management of Lake Michigan Islands

Beaver Island is one of several islands included in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan, now available for review. Photo courtesy of Joshua G. Cohen, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Beaver Island is one of several islands included in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan, now available for review. Photo courtesy of Joshua G. Cohen, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

A management plan is being created for seven islands in Lake Michigan. The DNR is asking for public input.

The plan will include ways to work with the islanders, zoning issues and using the island’s resources.

The seven islands are Beaver, Garden, High, Hog, North Fox, South Fox and Whiskey.

Keith Kintigh is a field operations manager for the DNR wildlife division.

He said the islands need a plan of their own because they are so different from other state land.

“State lands on these islands represent a unique class of state lands, they’re not like any other state lands that we manage just because- you know of course they’re islands, they’re remote, they don’t have near the state land use intensity that some other lands do.”

Kintigh said this will be the first management plan for the islands.

The DNR is working in collaboration with the islands, local units of government and two tribes that regulalary visit the islands, said Kintigh.

Officials that are creating the plan are asking for public input from those who live on the island or frequent them. A meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King’s Highway on Beaver Island.

You can also view the draft of the plan here, http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/island_management_plan_493969_7.pdf?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery and e-mail input and comments to kintighk@michigan.gov.

“We hope to get some good constructive feedback on the content of the plan and the suggestions on the plan of how we intend to move forward.”