Already this spring, wildfires in Michigan have burned through seven times more land than they did at the same time last year.
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.
State officials said Michigan went a little dam crazy in the early-to- mid 1800s. The DNR said most of these dams were used for grain mills.
Officials said the state has some 2,500 dams, and many are not needed anymore. In some cases the old dams are unsafe.
Get some free coffee and learn a little in the process.
According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
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” .
Michigan, for the first time in its history, recorded zero hunting fatalities in Michigan, last year.
If you own cattle in northern Michigan, you may be getting some mail from the state about two confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis.
Nearly 400 residents in the UP voiced their opinions at a public hearing last night (Wed., Jan. 28) on a potentially record-setting land sale.
A Canadian-based mining company, called Graymont, is interested in bringing business to Michigan, but the land sale that would go along with the initiative is being debated.
Scientists in the DNR are looking forward to continuing biodiversity efforts and taking a more “holistic” approach to forest management.
The past two harsh winters and a coming third have many people worried about Michigan’s deer population.
Russ Mason, Chief of the Michigan DNR’s Wildlife division, said supplemental feeding in certain areas could help.
“We would move on public land. The public can get a permit from us and under certain conditions, so far from a road and so forth, they can feed if they choose to do so.”
The public will only be allowed to feed on private land.
Mason made it a point to explain how dangerous feeding can be if done improperly. He says people could end up harming more deer than they help.
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.
Christmas came a little more than a month early for hunting stores. The open of firearm deer season is boosting activity for several types of businesses and game in Michigan.
With the addition of seven new plants and animals, Michigan now bans 40 non-native species. That means they cannot be possessed or transported in Michigan or the rest of the Great Lakes region.
For fishing aficionados it’s important to be able to distinguish between the different species of fish.
Now the DNR has put a tutorial online to help people distinguish between a native species of fish and a new invasive species that may find it’s way to the Great Lakes. Continue reading
More than $50,000 has been split among 12 private landowners in northern lower Michigan to improve wildlife habitat.
A long-time DNR biologist has been recognized with a state award. Continue reading