Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet

From local efforts to combat invasive species to a moose status review and management plan development for F.J. McLain State Park, the Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council has several interesting items scheduled for its meeting this month in Calumet.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s, located at 25725 Scott Street in Calumet.

“This council meeting is another great opportunity for folks in Houghton and Keweenaw counties to get to hear what’s going on with some important DNR issues and activities in their area,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “Public comments are always welcomed by the council, which meets in that part of the Upper Peninsula, typically on a semi-annual basis.”

Before the meeting, DNR division staff report to council members and the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods during the meeting (for instructions, see www.michigan.gov/upcac).

Additional topics set to be addressed include updates on storm damage at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the U.P. Habitat Workgroup, chronic wasting disease and a brief discussion on the metallic minerals management process.

Council committee reports are expected on fisheries, trails, recreation and law, forestry and wildlife.

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member can fill out the nomination form found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/upcac.

For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.