DNR hosts open house on Newberry area forests|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Mar. 9 to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments proposed for 2005 in the Newberry Management Unit.
The open house, from 4-7 p.m. at the McMillan Township Hall, is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and provide input toward final decisions on those treatments. It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest.
Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archaeological sites; mineral, oil and gas activities; recreational use; wildfire potential; social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public or private. Proposed treatments are then designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.
Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Newberry open house and compartment review will focus on: Columbus, McMillan and Pentland townships in Luce County; and Hulbert township in Chippewa County.
Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments, available at the open house, also can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr, or by calling Leslie Homan, Newberry Unit Manager, at 906-293-3293.
The formal compartment review to finalize prescriptions for these areas is scheduled Mar. 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Newberry Correctional Facility Training Center.
Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for meetings should contact Leslie Homan.