DNR Hosts Open House in Newberry Forest Management Unit on Dec. 1
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an informal open house Monday, Dec. 1, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2010 in the Newberry Forest Management Unit. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McMillan Township Hall, located at 405 Newberry Avenue, in Newberry.
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 lands, public and private. 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 here under the Forests, Land & Water section.
Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. Compartments under review this year are located in McMillan and Pentland townships in Luce County and Whitefish Township in Chippewa County.
The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Newberry Correctional Facility Training Center.
Individuals attending these meetings are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products, in order to enhance the accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the open house and/or the compartment review should contact Les Homan at (906) 293-3293, ext. 4740, a minimum of five business days before the respective meeting. Requests made less than five business days before the event may not be accommodated.
New Fishing Regulations Expand Opportunities, Limit Smelt Harvest
Michigan anglers will have several new opportunities, but also will face a new restriction, because of fishing regulation changes approved at the Nov. 6 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.
Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries signed fisheries orders that extend the spearing season through the ice for pike and muskellunge in certain waters, extend the whitefish spearing season on the Great Lakes and connecting waters, allow all anglers to use three rods, and establish a two-gallon limit on smelt.
The spearing season for pike and muskie will now run from Dec. 1-March 15, instead of just January and February and the whitefish spearing season will now be open year-round. The new seasons are the result of legislation enabling the DNR to set spearing regulations. These regulations take immediate effect.
Anglers have been allowed to use three rods when fishing for salmon on the Great Lakes for a number of years, but were restricted to two rods elsewhere and when pursuing other species in the Great Lakes. A survey of anglers showed overwhelming public support for three rods. The new regulation, which takes effect April 1, 2009, allows anglers to use three rods on all waters and in pursuit of all species, though the DNR retains the authority to reduce the rule to two rods if necessary.
The two-gallon limit on smelt, which historically have been unregulated, is designed to prevent waste during periods of high abundance and offer some protection to smelt as an important forage and sport species. The limit applies to both dip-net and hook-and-line anglers. This new regulation also takes effect April 1, 2009.
For more information about fishing in Michigan, visit the DNR Web site by clicking here.
Listen to Adam’s report on the changes:
BIG BOY PIGSKIN PICKS WITH ADAM AND STEVE
|DATE||GAME||SCORE||ADAM’S PICK||STEVE’S PICK|
|11/09||TITANS @ BEARS||21-14||TITANS||TITANS|
|11/09||BILLS @ PATRIOTS||10-20||PATRIOTS||PATRIOTS|
|11/09||SAINTS @ FALCONS||20-34||FALCONS||SAINTS|
|11/09||RAMS @ JETS||3-47||JETS||JETS|
|11/09||SEAHAWKS @ DOLPHINS||19-21||DOLPHINS||DOLPHINS|
|11/09||PANTHERS @ RAIDERS||17-6||PANTHERS||PANTHERS|
|11/09||CHIEFS @ CHARGERS||19-20||CHARGERS||CHARGERS|
|11/09||COLTS @ STEELERS||24-20||STEELERS||STEELERS|
|11/09||GIANTS @ EAGLES||36-31||EAGLES||EAGLES|
|11/09||RAVENS @ TEXANS||41-13||RAVENS||TEXANS|
|11/10||49ERS @ CARDINALS||24-29||CARDINALS||CARDINALS|
|11/09||PACKERS @ VIKINGS||27-28||PACKERS||PACKERS|
|11/09||JAGUARS @ LIONS||38-14||JAGUARS||JAGUARS|
Currently Adam’s totals stand at 80-49 while Steve is 77-52. The Lions are 0-8 and the Packers are 3-5.
Listen to Adam and Steve’s Pigskin Picks…
…and their NFL Recap:
Bluegrass Cut of the Day: King Wilkie – 40 West/It’s Been a Long Time
Flyin’ Blind Song of the Day: Point of Grace – I Wish
Outlaw Country Cut of the Day: Allman Brothers – Ramblin’ Man
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