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Outdoors

State of the Great Lakes report highlights significant initiatives from 2020

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Office of the Great Lakes released today the 2020 State of the Great Lakes report, which provides a deep dive into efforts underway by the state and its many partners to drive progress toward addressing the challenges ...

Partners offer $95,000 to plant community trees in Michigan

The 25th anniversary of a partnership between the DTE Energy Foundation, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan continues a legacy of urban tree-planting in Michigan communities through an annual grant program. A total of $95,000 is available in 1-to-1 ...

Local events to start your summer growing

Join in these upcoming seed starting & plant events with partners of the Western UP Food Systems Collaborative. Wednesday, May 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.: Seed Starting Party at Porvoo Park in Hancock. Join the Portage Lake Seed Library in starting seeds for your home garden. Participants will ...

Register now for upcoming NotMISpecies webinars

Are you concerned about invasive species in Michigan? Wondering what’s being done or what you can do? The NotMISpecies webinar series – offering different topics May through July – has answers and information you can use. The hourlong, monthly series hosts experts with hands-on ...

Ready, set, get outdoors

Heading outdoors for some springtime adventure and recreation can produce some spectacular results. Consider everything Michigan offers to enjoy and explore, from mighty rivers and waterfalls to Great Lakes shorelines and lush forests, more than 100 state parks, 11,000 miles of developed trails ...

Lake Superior anglers asked to report marked splake

Starting this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will begin evaluating the Lake Superior splake fishery through a special study using marked fish. Splake, which are a hybrid cross between lake trout and brook trout, have been stocked in Lake Superior most years since 1971, with ...

Register now for upcoming NotMISpecies webinars

Are you concerned about invasive species in Michigan? Wondering what’s being done or what you can do? The NotMISpecies webinar series – offering different topics April through July – has answers and information you can use. The hour-long, monthly series hosts experts with hands-on ...

USDA announces second round of funding for Michigan conservation projects

LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a second opportunity for producers to receive conservation financial assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Farmers and non-industrial forest owners have until May 21 to apply for the current round of ...

DNR welcomes public input on state forest management plans

The state of Michigan responsibly manages 3.9 million acres of state forest land using such techniques as timber harvests, tree thinning, planting and prescribed burns to keep forests thriving and healthy. To make the work more efficient and easier to oversee, the DNR divides those millions of ...

April hunting and trapping opportunities

April hunting and trapping opportunities This spring, you may still enjoy many outdoor activities, including hunting, as long as you practice proper social distancing by staying at least six feet from those who don't live in your household. — Spring turkey season begins Apr. 17 — Fur ...

With increasing temperatures, be on the alert for ticks

HANCOCK — With outdoor recreation on the rise combining with warmer temperatures, people are heading outside to enjoy the beauty of the Upper Peninsula. The increase in temperature also brings out ticks. Local residents are already finding ticks on themselves and their pets. Ticks can harbor ...

Aspirus shares spring tips for knees and hips

LAURIUM — People are eager to return to their favorite outdoor activities as spring brings warm sunny days to Upper Michigan. Before heading back outside, it is important to remember that you might need some time for your body to get used to your new outdoor exercise regimen. “Most ...

State forest fuelwood permits available now at no cost

For the second year in a row, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer free permits to cut fuelwood from dead and downed trees in approved areas of Michigan’s state forests. This year, fuelwood season began March 1 – earlier than in previous years to help people who might be ...

DNR says fish kills may be common during spring thaw

After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this early spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that it is normal, since winter conditions can cause fish ...

Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming virtual meetings

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of ...

DNR drafts walleye management plan for inland waters, seeks public input

A healthy, abundant walleye population is a big part of Michigan’s fisheries. These native fish provide exciting opportunities for world-class recreational fishing and play an important ecological role as a top predator. Though several local, regional and Great Lakes-centric walleye plans ...