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Outdoors

Deer check and CWD/TB testing changes for 2020 hunting season

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises deer hunters to be prepared for big changes to DNR deer check stations this fall. Staffing and financial shortages, due to both funding associated with long-term declines in the hunter base and the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in ...

DNR wants your input on plans for forest management

How do you use and enjoy Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forests? How important are forests to you? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to know. The DNR's Forest Resources Division is conducting a public survey to help guide creation of a new 10-year plan to keep ...

MDARD updates state’s two Hemlock Woolly Adelgid quarantines

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) revised both the state of Michigan’s interior and exterior Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) quarantines. The new quarantines are effective on Sept. 24. “These quarantines are designed to protect the 170 million ...

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 ...

Agreement signed for new DNR shooting range in Marquette County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has signed a lease agreement, clearing the way for construction of an $800,000 public shooting range in Richmond Township. The range will be located west of Marquette, off M-35, along the Goose Lake Access Road, on 25 acres of property owned by the ...

Yoopers go topless for the Brody Strong Foundation

For the second year in a row, we will participate in global Go Topless Day. This is a world-wide event, usually held on the third Saturday in May to raise money for charities. This year the single day event was postponed and groups were encouraged to plan their own events. Our charity is the ...

DNR’s Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet virtually

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 17. This council session is being held virtually in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the agenda items, discussions ...

DNR extends temporary hunter education safety certificates through June 2021

Eligible hunter education students will be allowed to purchase a Michigan hunting license through June 1, 2021 – prior to completing the required field day. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division administers the state’s hunter education program and is ...

Wolf pups born on Isle Royale

HOUGHTON - Isle Royale National Park and State University of New York-College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) have documented reproduction for wolves introduced to Isle Royale in 2018 and 2019, a key element of the National Park Service wolf introduction program’s success. ...

Aerial treatment planned to combat deadly mosquito-borne disease in 10 counties

LANSING — In an effort to prevent spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced plans to conduct aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas of Michigan. As of Sept. 13, EEE has been confirmed in 22 ...

Scene from above: Foliage patterns near Paavola

Southwest of the village of Paavola, there’s a patch of ground covering several acres that shows interesting fractal-like patterns in the foliage, depending on the time of season. Seen above in a 2018 Google Maps image, the center of the fractal pattern is occupied by a brown lump of sticks ...

Mountain biking update for the KML, Summer 2020

COPPER HARBOR — 2020 has been an exciting time for cycling around the world. Mountain bike sales have surged across the U.S.A. with the public’s renewed interest in getting outside and seeking out remote places. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge stepped up it’s mountain bike program and hired ...

Lower Menominee River removed from Great Lakes Areas of Concern clean-up list

After a successful, 35-year collaborative restoration effort, the Lower Menominee River has been removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wisconsin Department of ...

Naming ceremony – Merv Klemett Hardball Field

HANCOCK — The City of Hancock Recreation Commission will host a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hardball Field at the Driving Park in Hancock. The Hardball Field, presently used by Finlandia University and others, will be named in honor of Mervin “Merv” Klemett. A new ...

UPEC livestream with KBIC Lake Superior Program Coordinator

Join us for the next UPEC Livestream, "Beach Clean-Up! A Passion for the Environment" with Zena Huhta, Lake Superior Program Coordinator, Natural Resources Department, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Baraga County, on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. EDT, livestreamed via Facebook and Zoom (links ...

Local trail volunteers win national-level awards

The North Country Trail Association held its annual awards ceremony in August, and members of local chapters were given two national-level awards, Trail Maintainer of the Year, and Boots on the Trail. Calvin Kangas of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter won NCTA Trail Maintainer of the Year, as well as ...

Summer is not over yet; make water safety a priority

Warm weather means lots of things, including more time spent outdoors doing fun activities that involve water. But whether you're taking a dip in a pool, heading to a lake or river for a boat ride, or spending your vacation at the beach, there's a serious side to water that deserves a great ...

Competition launched to pick best Keweenaw fall colors destination

For the first time ever, the Keweenaw’s favorite fall colors destination will be determined through month-long competition organized by the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Keweenaw Fall Colors Challenge, which begins on Aug. 25, pits 16 scenic sites and routes in a ...

Delta County fish kill blamed on ‘black liquor’ from paper mill

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said a recent fish kill along the southern reaches of the Escanaba River at Gladstone was the result of a pipe failure at Verso Corporation’s Escanaba Paper Mill. “We have been sampling and monitoring the river ...