The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group is the newest regulatory body created by the DNR to protect and improve Michigan’s public gaming areas.
The group will examine hunting grounds and suggest ways to improve the habitat, and hunters’ overall experience.
Russ Mason is a spokesman for the DNR. He says the effort is more important than some people may realize
“And it’s important for people to recognize that these aren’t just acres that are sittin’ there. These are acres that are critical for the timber industry, the mining industry. These aren’t just a bunch of trees on public land. These are really valuable assets that we need to think about and care for in a very deliberate fashion, and move forward. Because they are, perhaps the catalyst for Michigan’s economic recovery.”
Mason says the group is going to have a lot to consider
“The U.P and the Northern Lower 40 acres of land per man, woman and child. Southern Michigan we’re essentially .04 acres. There are counties in Southern Michigan without a square inch of public hunting land. That needs to be different if we want Michiganders to care about the one thing that makes Michigan special in my view, and that’s their natural resources. ”
Mason says the Group is expected to wrap up its work within 18 months.
Spot a spotted salamander – or one of the many other turtles, frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards found in Michigan – and report the sighting to help the DNR collect vital information about the state’s reptiles and amphibians. Picture courtesy of the DNR.
DNR officials are looking to get a count of Michigan’s snakes, lizards, toads and any reptiles or amphibians. Citizens are being asked to report any sighting of toads, frogs, snakes, lizards or any other creature in Michigan. Continue reading →
The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.
Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.
Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.
“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”
For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.
The DNR is giving anglers a chance to help support the Michigan Walleye fishery and possibly win $100 in the process.
Soon Walleye will be making their way upstream to spawn in the Tittabawasee, and other rivers. During that time DNR fishery biologists will catch, tag and release as many adult Walleye as possible. Continue reading →
Seeing green grass as the snow melts this Spring is nice, but the DNR reminds us to watch out for the brown.
Dan Laux is a DNR fire prevention specialist. He says this time of year Michigan residents need to be extra careful when burning.
“Here in Michigan, ya know, usually ‘bout every 9 out of 10 fires is human caused. The bulk of what we respond to are folks who are out doing debris burning. They leave their pile unattended for a little bit while they go in the house for lunch, but people are the cause of most of them.”
Locks says the best way to protect your home is to keep yard waste raked up and always get a burn permit before setting a fire.
So far this year the DNR has responded to 13 wildfires that burned some 70 acres of land.
For a longer list of tips to keep your home flame free, visit the DNR here.
After 70 years of service, and earning the description “the Senior citizen of the Great Lakes fisheries research vessels”, the DNR’s R.V Chinook is being retired.
Research biologist at the DNR Dave Fielder spent years with the vessel. He said he’ll miss the old ship.
“Well I tend to think about the different people who have served on it, visited on it, over the years. Whole careers have been spent on this vessel. It can get pretty rough out there, it’s kinda notorious for creating seasickness, but it’s kinda like our second home.”
The new research vessel, the R.V Tanner, is expected to be constructed by April of 2016.
Fielder says the new ship is named after Dr. Howard Tanner who’s known as the, “Father of the Modern Pacific Salmon Program” .
One shot, one deer. The single shot deer hunting season kicked off Friday, Dec 5th.
Brent Rudolph is a deer specialist from the Michigan DNR. He said it’s important to remember the differences between hunting zones.
“Ya know we have different zones in the state that we use for a variety of different species actually. So zone 1 is upper peninsula, that’s pretty easy to identify. Zone 2 is from Muskegon over to Bay County. And we use those different areas because there’s a little different climate, there’s different habitat. And so any variety of our species there’s a need to manage a little bit differently according to those boundaries.”
There are three zones in Michigan. Zones one and two are both open until Dec 14th, while zone three affords hunters an extra week to bring home the venison.
Rudolph said zone three is open longer because there tends to be larger deer concentrations in that area.
For more information on hunting zones, or anything else season related, visit the DNR here.