The Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31, to provide information and receive public comment on boundaries for proposed management areas in the Northern Lower Peninsula Eco-region. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the DNR Gaylord Operations Services Center located at 1732 W. M-32 in Gaylord.
Management area planning will be incorporated into the Regional State Forest Management Plans and will help the DNR to provide landscape-level analyses and direction to guide operational decisions made at each Forest Management Unit through the existing compartment review process. In the compartment review process, small portions of state forestland are reviewed for treatment measures, such as thinning or clear-cutting. Management areas will group compartments of state forestland that have similar attributes, such as vegetation types, proximity to key user markets or ownership patterns.
Draft management area maps and other information are available on the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/ecosystems. A link is provided to the information on the DNR's front page.
Persons not able to attend the meeting or wishing to respond in writing may send correspondence by Feb. 15, by email to DNR-NLP-Eco-Team@michigan.gov, or by postal mail to: NLP Eco-team, DNR Gaylord OSC, 1732 W. M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735.
"These management areas will provide a framework upon which a Northern Lower Peninsula Regional State Forest Management Plan will be based for the next 10-year period," said David Graham, chairman of the DNR Northern Lower Peninsula Ecoteam. "Future public meetings will provide detailed information on the management direction for the management areas. Public input will be part of the planning process during the entire planning period."
a news release of the Michigan DNR, Jan 25, 2008
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