Sunday, November 22, 2009

Parks Will Remain Open on State Furlough Days

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One method the legislature has devised to help balance the state budget is that six furlough days will be mandatory, on which state employees will not be paid. The Michigan DNR says that all state parks, recreation areas, boating access sites and forest campgrounds that were open at the time of the furlough will remain open. Employee schedules will be staggered to cover the staffing. The furlough dates are June 10, July 6, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 2010.

Conservation and fire officers will remain on duty, also with staggered schedules. Ten visitor centers will be closed, as well as DNR-owned shooting ranges, the Wildlife Disease Lab, and the state fish hatcheries.

Hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased on furlough days.

DNR Director, Rebecca Humphries, noted that the department does have an emergency call-back plan that will be activated in the event of an emergency, such as a wildfire, on furlough days. "We hope that the public will not be greatly inconvenienced by this unfortunate, but necessary, occurrence," Humphries said. "DNR employees will do their best to make sure that our guests and customers are not impacted as they enjoy Michigan's great outdoors."

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