DNR Invites Public Input on Forest Management in Arenac, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin and Midland Counties

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Wednesday, Nov. 30, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2013 in the Gladwin Forest Management Unit. The open house will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources’ Gladwin Field Office, located at  801 North Silverleaf, in Gladwin.        

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. Information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use; wildfire potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent public and private lands.  Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, then are designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and to 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. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, and can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/forestplan.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. The Gladwin Unit open house and compartment review will focus on compartments in Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac and Isabella counties. Townships with compartments in Clare County include Summerfield, Franklin and Greenwood.  The townships with compartments in Gladwin County include Grim, Bentley, Gladwin and Butman. Midland County includes compartments in Jerome and Greendale townships. Isabella County includes compartments in Denver Township and Arenac County includes compartments in Moffatt and Mason townships.

The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Riverwalk Place, 777 W. Cedar Rd., Gladwin. 

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for any of these meetings should contact Jason Hartman at 989-426-9205, extension 7640, a minimum of five (5) business days before the meeting.   Requests made less than five business days before the meeting may not be accommodated. 

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.