Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive
Understanding Michigan's Commercial Forest programBy 1925, the lumbering era had left Michigan void of an important commodity to ensure future industry success -- abundant private forests. In an effort to encourage landowners to begin reforesting, a property tax incentive called the Commercial Forest (CF) program was created. Today, nearly 1,800 private landowners participate in the program.
Looking for the right strain of brown troutIs it possible that no one strain of brown trout is best for Michigan's state fish hatchery system? State fisheries biologists are beginning to wonder. A four-year research project that compares two strains of brown trout that have been stocked in a pair of rivers, a handful of inland lakes and four Lake Michigan ports, is heading into the homestretch and is preliminarily showing that neither strain is best in all situations.
Fisheries Division works to protect endangered musselsThe DNR Fisheries Division is working on finding and relocating endangered snuffbox mussels to allow for the removal of the Lyons Dam on the Grand River. Once the dam removal is complete, the river will function better and fish will be able to move up and downstream more easily. But the snuffbox mussel will also have a better chance of thriving in one of its last remaining strongholds in North America.
Women take to thrill, challenge of pheasant huntingA dozen women recently discovered the fun and excitement of pheasant hunting during an event at Pine Hill Kennels and Sportsmen's Club near Belding, Mich. Virtually all agreed that's it's an experience they want to repeat.
Freedom Hunt grows every year at Fort CusterSeven years after it began, this year's Freedom Hunt at Fort Custer Training Center was a rousing success, with a record 47 hunters participating in the Oct. 17-20 hunt. This annual event gives hunters with disabilities, who might not be able to go to camp in November, an opportunity to enjoy a deer camp experience.
Veteran instructors help make safe huntersIf experience is the best teacher, there's probably nowhere in the world where it would be better to take hunter safety training than Michigan. Among Michigan's coterie of volunteer hunter safety instructors, more than 130 of them have 30 years or more of experience. And that translates into many thousands of safe hunters.