Michigan DNR's nationally recognized fire program celebrates 100 years In 2014, Michigan set a new record when it came to wildfires - a record low. This past fire season, 167 fires burned 550 acres across the state. The historic low number of wildfires corresponds to another historic event in Michigan: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of William J. Pearson being appointed as the state's first full-time forest fire officer. The DNR now has 68 fire officers deployed at 48 stations across the state.
Michigan DNR and U.S. Forest Service partner to protect oak trees from killer fungus Like American elm in the 1950s and ash trees in more recent history, Michigan's red oak trees are facing potentially significant die-offs due to an exotic and largely invisible killer: oak wilt. In addition to various preemptive means of preventing or slowing the spread of oak wilt that the public can help with, the DNR's Forest Resources and Parks and Recreation divisions have partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to develop and implement a method of treating stands of oak trees that are already infected.
Over the river and through the woods: ORV club gets senior citizens on the trail Nearly 100 senior citizens took part in the seventh annual Senior Fall Color Tour, traveling a 19-mile route from Greenland to Twin Lakes State Park in Ontonagon County. Participants traveled in ORVs over a forest trail that crossed state, federal and private land. The ride coincided with this year's Michigan Trails Week, a celebration of the 12,000-plus miles of hiking, biking, equine and motorized trails in Michigan.
Bays de Noc smallmouth bass fishery shines on the national stage Mention Lake Michigan's Bays de Noc to most anglers and they'll immediately start talking about fishing for walleye. But in the wake of September's high-profile Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship - which brought 50 of America's top anglers to Escanaba to ply the waters of Big and Little Bays de Noc - what was once seemingly relegated to "also-ran" status is now national news: the Bays are loaded with trophy bass, too.
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