DNR land auctions not as fruitful as they used to be

dnrBannerRD1_446548_7In early May the Department of Natural Resources is going to auction off 28 parcels of land in Northern Lower Michigan.

Pat Harlow is a Land Records Specialist with the DNR.

She said the state has been conducting auctions since the early 2000’s.

Harlow said after years of holding the auctions, the DNR isn’t making as much money as it used to.

“Initially we had many nicer properties to auction and we got a larger amount in because of that. We’ve worked through most of the counties that we’ve had approval for disposal in, and at this point, we’re selling properties that are less desirable. Overall, no, this does not make a significant difference in our budget.”

Harlow said the money from the auction will go towards recreation projects for public use.

“The proceeds from those parcels go into a fund that’s used for the purchase of land that’s in holdings, in state managed projects. Or new properties, such as a boating site for example, that provide additional recreation opportunities to the public.”

The auction is scheduled to run May 10 to June 7.

More information on how to bid can be found at this link.