Michigan DNR seeks input on draft of public lands strategy
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is seeking input from the public on an updated public lands strategy.
There are roughly 4.6 million acres of state-owned forests, parks, trails, game and wildlife areas and other public lands.
Feedback on the draft will be accepted through Feb. 12 and will be considered in the development of a final strategy, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The plan will be submitted to the Legislature by July 1.
“Through thoughtful, careful planning, public lands can — and already do — have a powerful effect on our quality of life as Michiganders,” said Scott Whitcomb, DNR senior adviser for wildlife and public lands.
“Taking good care of the lands the DNR manages creates ample opportunities for residents and visitors to hunt, camp, fish, hike, ride the trails, and connect with nature and history in ways that are uniquely Michigan,” he said. “It contributes significantly to the health of our families, our environment and our economy.”
A land strategy was created in 2013 to provide a framework for conserving and managing public lands to ensure their best use for residents and visitors, the DNR said.