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NRC members to field questions live on ‘Ask the DNR’ Thursday on WNMU-TV13 – 4/20/17

Marquette, MIApril 19, 2017 – The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13.

NRC Chairman John Matonich of Bessemer and Commissioner J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon will be available for the full hour-long program, which will air live at 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday April 20.

The program will be repeated at noon April 21 and available later online.

The NRC is a 7-member panel appointed by the governor as the rule-making body for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “Viewers will be able to find out what they want to know directly from the region’s representatives making decisions on all types of important natural resource issues in Michigan.”

The NRC has the exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish, and is authorized to designate game species and the establishment of the first open season for animals.

George Madison, DNR fisheries manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, and Sgt. Marc Pomroy, who supervises conservation officers in Dickinson, Iron and Gogebic counties, will round out the panel participants.

The group will likely field questions about spring-related recreation activities, including the April 29 trout season opener and boating and off-road vehicle rules, though the discussion is typically wide-ranging, based on viewer questions.

Prior to the program, questions for “Ask the DNR” can be emailed to John Pepin at Emailed questions should be received by 2 p.m. April 20 to be included on the show.

To phone questions in during the live telecast, call 1-800-227-9668.

The telecast is being sponsored by the South Shore Fishing Association.

Find out more about the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at

“Ask the DNR” is produced five times each year in October, November, December, April and May. Previous episodes may be viewed online at: