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DNR Director Creagh to serve as interim environmental quality director

flintGovernor Rick Snyder has tapped Keith Creagh to serve as interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. That’s after Dan Wyant stepped down over mistakes that resulted in high lead levels in Flint’s tap water.

Creagh has served as director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources since 2012. He previously headed the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Bear regulations may be changing in Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources will host a forum next month to discuss future bear hunting regulations in Michigan.

The DNR said the majority of people think the bear population is healthy for the state, but some hunters and northern Michigan residents worry that bears are encroaching on their homes.
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Wolf poaching Facebook hoax

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

Screenshot of the infamous photo.

A Facebook post prompted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to be inundated with reports of wolf poaching in Clare county.

Officials with the DNR said the picture circulating on Facebook of a man holding a wolf he shot was, in fact, not taken in Michigan. Continue reading

U.S Forest Service passes some logging responsibilities to MDNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed to pick up some forest management responsibilities from the federal government.

The agreement will give the DNR logging rights in three Michigan national forests.
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Asian carp closer to Great Lakes than ever

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Silver Carp drawing courtesy of the DNR

Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.

Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading

DNR releases forecast for firearm deer season

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.

The Department of Natural Resources is releasing its forecast for the upcoming firearm deer season.

With just over a month until the orange army converges on central and northern Michigan, the forecast for the deer harvest this year is showing a mixed bag. Continue reading

It’s National Trail week- but a Northern Michigan trail is celebrating for a different reason

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A 2,000 mile-long trail that runs through Wexford, Grand Traverse and Emmet counties is celebrating its first corporate donation.

The Iron Belle Trail has been awarded $25,000 from TransCanda, a pipeline company based in Kalkaska County. Continue reading

Odawa Indians and DNR band together to restore Sturgeon fishery

Picture of a sturgeon.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Picture of a sturgeon. Courtesy of the DNR.

The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians has collaborated with the Department of Natural Resources to examine the Sturgeon fishery in the Tip of the Mitt.

Burt Lake in Cheboygan county is known for having a historically strong Sturgeon fishery. However, in recent years, overfishing has had a significant impact on the fish population.
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Drummond Islanders suggest new regulations to DNR

Map of Drummond Island

Map of Drummond Island

Drummond Island has been a wilderness getaway for Michigan outdoorsmen for decades. However, in recent years, the island has become a prime destination for offroading on ATV’s and snowmobiles.

The recreation groups that have been competing for land use have now decided to work together in order to manage the island in a way that benefits everyone.
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State parks celebrate the night sky with s’mores and family fun

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State parks in central and northern Michigan are taking part in a celebration for the Perseid meteor shower starting August 8th through the 15th.

“Meteors and S’mores” will feature different events each night while them meteor shower is visible in the night sky — including movies, campfires — and free s’mores! Continue reading

Vintage trailers and motor coaches tour around Northern Michigan

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

A vintage camper and trailer tour is hitting the road this week.

A group called the “Tin Can Tourists Club” is sponsoring the tour. The group enjoys the restoration and history of trailers and campers. Continue reading

Hunting of antlerless deer restricted during upcoming archery season

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Antlerless deer cannot be hunted during the archery season in the Upper Peninsula this year, under an order from the state Natural Resources Commission.

Declining numbers of deer are to blame for the restriction. Two harsh winters in two years are to blame. Continue reading

National Trail Day has communities planning events and talking about a proposed trail

Picture courtesy of the DNR

Picture courtesy of the DNR

Communities around the state are planning events for National Trail Day on Saturday.

One trail that’s not built yet has been gathering some attention. It’s a ten-thousand mile trail around the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Court of Appeals upholds state ban on wild boar

Wild boar in Michigan

Wild boar in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s ban on Russian boar and other breeds of exotic swine.

Michigan banned several strains of boar as invasive species because they breed prolifically, endanger other wildlife, and ruin woods and farmland. Continue reading