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Michigan DNR

MDNR: Hot, dry weather boosts fire danger around the state

Weather across Michigan has been great in recent days – mostly warm, sunny and dry. But that means a higher risk of wildfires. Most areas in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula currently are at elevated fire risk, and that is expected to continue through the weekend. The ...

Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming 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 ...

Turning in tagged fish could net cash reward

People who regularly fish Michigan waters likely are familiar with the state’s marked and tagged fish program. Through assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great Lakes states, including Michigan, are mass marking popular gamefish (like steelhead, Chinook salmon, Atlantic ...

DNR wants hunter input on proposed 2020 deer hunting regulations

A new package of deer hunting regulations designed to simplify rules and remove barriers to participation was introduced to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday at the commission’s regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to ...

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 May 20. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled on the DNR’s forest road inventory process and new license system, along with a Parks and ...

ORV route between Hancock and Dollar Bay closed temporarily in Houghton County

The Lake Linden Trail, between the Portage Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay, in Houghton County has been closed temporarily based on a local public health and safety advisory. In reissuing its health advisory Thursday, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department asked the public to avoid activity ...

DNR to allow open burning; permits still required

Just over a month since it suspended open burning across the state in response to COVID-19 concerns, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that it will begin issuing burn permits starting today. “We’re going to issue burn permits based on local fire risk and weather ...

Crowded conditions close Tippy Dam Recreation Area; more closures likely

LANSING — To help slow the spread of the coronavirus and carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, the Department of Natural Resources is closely monitoring visitor levels and adherence to social-distancing measures at Michigan state parks and recreation ...

DNR closes shooting ranges, restricts access at offices to appointment only

LANSING — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed shooting ranges and will restrict ...

Michigan’s outdoors are here for you

We know there's been a steady stream of "closure" information and messaging about self-isolating to slow the spread of COVID-19. It's true, we are in uncharted territory, and such steps are critical in protecting Michigan residents from coronavirus risk. Safeguarding mental health is just as ...

DNR closes customer service centers and field offices

LANSING — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will close to general public traffic numerous ...

DNR announces closures at high-traffic facilities

LANSING — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced a series of closures for ...

DNR, MSU seek more chronic wasting disease research proposals

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University are once again seeking proposals for research that addresses priority concerns related to the management of chronic wasting disease in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. In 2019, the Michigan Legislature, recognizing ...