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They’re your forests! Share planning ideas for state forests in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and parts of Otsego and Mackinac counties

If you live adjacent to, have a cottage or camp near, or simply like to spend time on state-managed forest land in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and parts of Otsego and Mackinac counties, here’s an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2018 forest treatment plans for these areas.

June open houses

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host open houses from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the DNR Gaylord Field Office, 1732 W. M-32, Gaylord, and Wednesday, June 22, at the DNR Indian River Field Office, 6984 Wilson Road, Indian River.

For more efficient oversight, the DNR divides each forest management unit into smaller units or “compartments.” This year, compartments under review are in Chestonia, Custer, Kearney and Mancelona townships (Antrim County); Chandler Township (Charlevoix County); Ellis, Hebron, Koehler, Mentor and Wilmot townships (Cheboygan County); Littlefield, Little Traverse, McKinley and Pleasant View townships (Emmet County); Charlton, Hayes and Otsego Lake townships (Otsego County); and Bois Blanc Island (Mackinac County).

Maps and information regarding proposed management activities (treatments) can be found at www.michigan.gov/forestry. Compartment review packets for the 2018 year of entry can be found by selecting the “Find a Forest” button and clicking the “Gaylord” button on the map. This information also will be available at the open house.

In addition to the review of these forest treatments, the DNR will be seeking public input regarding Special Conservation Areas, or areas recognized as having unique values, such as old growth, springs or wildlife habitat corridors. This review will utilize the most up-to-date categories of Special Conservation Areas and values.

July meeting – final treatment plans

The DNR will complete its formal compartment review Wednesday, July 20, to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the Tuscarora Township Hall, 3546 S. Straits Highway, Indian River.

If you have a disability that requires accommodations to attend these meetings, please contact Joyce Angel at AngelJ1@michigan.gov or 989-732-3541, ext. 5440, at least five business days prior to each meeting.

Those unable to attend either the June open houses or the July meeting are encouraged to submit comments via email to Joyce Angel using the subject line “Gaylord Forest Management Unit open house comment.” All comments must be received at least three days before each meeting.

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