DNR Encourages Visitors to Camp Green at Michigan State Parks

The Department of Natural Resources is asking campers to "go green" this season by participating in the department's Camp Green pilot program.

The Camp Green program encourages park guests to follow environmentally friendly and energy-efficient practices while visiting Michigan state parks and recreation areas. There are 10 locations participating in this pilot program: Aloha, Cheboygan, Clear Lake, Onaway, Port Crescent, Seven Lakes, Tawas Point, Traverse City and Wilson state parks, plus Bay City State Recreation Area.

Campers will be given information on how to camp green and will be asked to pledge to become a steward of Michigan's environment.  In order to successfully "camp green," guests will be asked to:

  • Turn off the air conditioning when it is not absolutely necessary, and not leave doors and windows open when the air conditioner is operating;
  • Make sure lights are turned off during the daytime and not left on after a camper retires for the evening;
  • Ensure water is used sparingly, by taking shorter showers and not leaving faucets running while brushing teeth or shaving;
  • Properly dispose of gray water and sewage, and not dump it on the ground;
  • Not burn trash in the fire circle; and
  • Recycle at the park.

DNR Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson said that electricity is the largest utility expense for Michigan state parks and recreation areas, and it's a key focus of the Camp Green effort.

"Over the years, many campers have traded in their tents for larger, recreational vehicles usually outfitted with air conditioners," Olson said. "Air conditioning is the largest consumer of electricity in the parks."

Olson explained that Camp Green supporters will be given a "reality check" list to assess how green they camped. Anyone who fills out the registration pledging to camp green, and sends in the checklist to one of the 10 participating parks, will receive a window cling for his or her vehicle.

For more information about the Camp Green program, contact Jeremy Spell at 231-625-2522.

Camping reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling the central reservation system at 800-447-2757.

The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities.

Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking "YES" on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.

Non-resident motor vehicles must still display a valid non-resident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boating access fee site, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.


Green bill extending foreclosure prevention program signed into law

LANSING―The 90-day foreclosure prevention program that would have expired on July 5 has been extended until Jan. 5, 2012, after legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Green was recently signed into law.

“The foreclosure prevention program encourages homeowners and lenders to work things out and avoid an unnecessary foreclosure”, said Green, R-Mayville. “Getting mortgages back on track, when possible, benefits the homeowner, the lender and the community.”
Under the program, mortgage lenders are required to mail written notice of a potential foreclosure to homeowners. The homeowner could then request a meeting with their lender, which would result in a 90-day period for mortgage negotiations to take place, if applicable in the situation. Borrowers who do not take the steps required under the program or who do not qualify for a modification would still be subject to foreclosure proceedings.

Senate Bill 398 is now Public Act 72 of 2011.

For more information or to contact Green, please visit his website, www.statesenatormikegreen.com.

Sen. Green to host district office hours

LANSING—State Sen Mike Green will host constituent office hours throughout the 31st Senate District during the months of July and August, the lawmaker said today.

“I am pleased to offer these local office hours as a service to the people I represent in the Michigan Senate”, said Green, R-Mayville. “Everyone is welcome to attend and I look forward to meeting many new and familiar faces.”

The schedule includes all five counties in the district and provides constituents with opportunities to meet with the senator or a member of his staff to hear a legislative update, pass along their concerns on issues or request assistance in matters involving state agencies.

The schedule is as follows:

Sanilac County
Wednesday, July 20
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Marlette City Hall
6436 Morris Street
Marlette, MI

Huron County
Thursday, July 21
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sebewaing Municipal Building
222 North Center
Sebewaing, MI

Bay County
Wednesday, July 27
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Auburn Municipal Building
113 East Elm Street
Auburn, MI

Tuscola County
Thursday, July 28
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vassar Municipal Building
287 East Huron Avenue
Vassar, MI

Arenac County
Thursday, August 4
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
AuGres Municipal Building
124 West Huron Road
AuGres, MI

Bay County
Thursday, August 4
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pere Marquette Depot
The 1904 Room
1000 Adams Street
Bay City, MI

“As always, individuals should also feel free to call or write me at any time”, said Green. “My staff and I will gladly help.”

For further information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate district includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.