Meeting to focus on Cadillac Forest Management Unit|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced an
Oct. 22 open house to provide information and receive public comment on
proposed forest management activities to be done in 2004 in the Cadillac
Forest Management Unit. The open house will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. at
the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6098 East M-115 in
DNR personnel annually inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the
state forest. The information gathered spans a wide range of social,
biological, and economic factors. It includes the health, quality, and
quantity of vegetative types; wildlife and fisheries habitat conditions
and needs; recreational use; archaeological sites; threatened and
endangered species occurrences and habitats; road and trail access; oil
and gas activities; wildfire potentials; inappropriate use of state
lands; erosion problem areas; and land use in and around the
compartments. From this information, treatments and management
activities are proposed. The overall goal is to continue to provide the
variety of values, uses, and products from state lands that benefit
Michigan's citizens. The goal is also to ensure the sustainability of
the resources and ecosystems that provide these values, uses, and
products for future generations.
This open house is an opportunity for interested people to
review proposed treatments and other management activities and provide
input towards final decisions. It also provides people the unique
opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of
interest. Maps and information that will be available at the open house
can be accessed on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Each forest management unit is divided into smaller units or
compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources.
Compartments in the following townships are under review this year:
" Lake County: Newkirk and Cherry Valley Townships.
" Osceola County: Osceola Township.
" Missaukee County: Norwich, Enterprise, Butterfield, Holland,
and Pioneer Townships.
" Wexford County: Hanover and Haring Townships.
A formal compartment review to decide management activities for
these areas is scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2002 beginning at
9:00 a.m. at the Carl T. Johnson Center. Persons with disabilities
needing accommodations for these meetings should contact Bill Sterrett