Just over twenty million fish were taken from nurseries and strategically placed in streams and lakes across the state. Continue reading
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
A wildfire in Marquette County is mostly under control after burning through the night.
The cause of the 80-acre wildfire has not yet been determined. However, wildfire experts say dry conditions and warm weather were major influences. Continue reading
The risk of wildfires in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is extremely high heading into this weekend.
Recent high temperatures and continued dry conditions have prompted the Department of Natural Resources to raise the warning level to “extremely high.” Continue reading
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
More than 100 bear hunting licenses will be available on a first come, first serve basis after they went unsold in Michigan’s annual bear license lottery.
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
A strain of bird flu that has devastated poultry farms across the Midwest has reached Michigan.
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
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
Organizations that want to battle invasive species in Michigan can get information on possible funding at a workshop scheduled this month in Mackinaw City.
A new collection of wines from Chateau Grand Traverse is helping out Michigan’s state parks. It’s a collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources, and half of the proceeds will go towards the state park system. Continue reading
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.
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
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.
Spring time used to be prime time for “smelting” in Michigan, but that’s not the case in the last couple of decades.
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.
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.
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.
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CMU has been awarded nearly $400,000 to expand its work on controlling invasive species in Michigan, which was the second highest grant amount received among 19 other organizations.
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.