The Department of Natural Resources will host a Red Pine Project open house on March 13, 2008, from 1 to 7 p.m., at the DNR Gaylord Operations Service Center, located at 1732 W. M-32 in Gaylord. This open house will provide the public with an opportunity to receive information and give public comment on proposed forest management treatments for the Northern Lower Peninsula and Eastern Upper Peninsula Forest Management Units, as part of the Red Pine Project (RPP).
This is a special open house and statewide review for forest treatments that are proposed for implementation during 2008. Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting, and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.
The RPP is a three-year initiative that aims to treat additional red pine stands, as part of efforts to accelerate the process of balancing red pine cover-type age classes. The Red Pine Project is in addition to the annual inventory and review of state forest land.
The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed red pine treatments and to provide input on those treatments. It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Proposed treatments under review this year are in the following Forest Management Units: Sault Ste. Marie, Gaylord, Pigeon River Country, Atlanta, Traverse City, Cadillac, Grayling, and Roscommon. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, and can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr, under Forests, Land & Water.
The statewide RPP review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for March 28, 2008, at 9 a.m. at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, located 104 Conservation Dr. in Roscommon.
a news release of the Michigan DNR, Feb 14, 2008
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