Volunteers Sought to Help Monitor Rifle River Area in Arenac County|
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a meeting on Friday, May 20, for persons interested in assisting the DNR with monitoring and reporting illegal activity along the Rifle River in Arenac County. The effort is part of the DNR's Citizens Assisting in Resource Enforcement (CARE) program.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Deep River Hall located at 511 East State Street in Sterling. The hall is located one-half mile east of M-76 on East State Street.
"This partnership between the DNR and interested citizens provides a strong presence along the Rifle River and helps reduce the amount of illegal activity, like littering, trespassing and operating boats while intoxicated," said Sgt. Ron Kimmerly, DNR conservation officer. "I encourage interested citizens to attend this meeting so we can kick off the summer season along the Rifle and ensure that it is enjoyed by all safely and responsibly."
The DNR, along with the Arenac County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan Department of State Police, actively recruit sportspersons and local residents for the CARE program. Kimmerly noted there will be increased law enforcement presence this summer during the peak canoe season on the river.
CARE volunteers must attend this training meeting, where officers will provide instruction on what volunteers should do when they observe violations. At the meeting, volunteers also will be able to sign up for shift dates and times.
For more information about the CARE program, contact the DNR's Bay City Operations Service Center at 989-684-9141.
The DNR is committed to conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.