GladwinThe Gladwin Management Unit manages 220,000 acres of state land covering six counties including; Clare, Isabella, Gladwin, Midland, Arenac part of Iosco and Bay. These counties are covered by the Harrison, Gladwin, Sanford and Standish Field Offices. You can reach the Unit Manager Jason Hartman at 989-426-9205, extension 7640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the map to view the Gladwin Forest Management Unit
Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on current management strategies and specific State Forest compartments
The Open House: Your opportunity to participate
Each year, management recommendations are presented at Open Houses. As the name implies, Open Houses are informal sessions that give citizens an opportunity to speak with foresters, wildlife biologists, and other resource professionals. The inventories, compartment maps, and recommended management actions are available for the public to look at and provide suggestions to MDNR staff.
2016 Year of Entry Open House Schedule
The Compartment Review: The Final Plan
Modifications to the management recommendations are then incorporated into a finalized compartment plan to be presented at the "Compartment Review". The Compartment Review is a formal presentation that incorporates information from the initial inventory, the multi-disciplinary input period, and the open house. The presentation outlines the formal management plan for the compartment and includes an explanation of forest treatments if any are proposed.
2016 Year of Entry State Forest Compartment Review Schedule
The Gladwin area has a large variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. There are two State Forest Campgrounds located near inland bodies of water offering 98 primitive campsites, hiking trails and a bird dog field trial area. There is also Wilson State Park located in Harrison that provides access to Budd Lake and offers 160 camping sites and weekend activities. The Lame Duck Foot Access Area has 11,000 acres located in Gladwin County. Major river/streams would be the Cedar, Tittabawassee and the Tobacco covering 473 miles.
The unit is responsible for over 40 miles of snowmobile trails located in the Harrison area known as the Fur Farm Flooding Trail and a over 130 miles of ORV trail in Gladwin and Clare counties. The number of miles on the ORV trail located east of Gladwin has been downsized to due to partial closure of the trail for repair and restoration.
Prescribed burning is commonly used within the Unit as a means of effectively reducing slash after a harvest is complete and prior to replanting to ensure good results. Not only does prescribed burning enhance blueberry growth commonly found in Gladwin County it is also a valuable tool used to maintain desired areas and improve natural regeneration of 56,000 acres of Kirkland Warbler habitat areas located in Clare County.
Clare and Isabella Counties are managed by the Harrison Field Office staff. The Muskegon and Clam Rivers run through areas of Clare County providing various recreational and sporting opportunities.
The Gladwin Management Unit is beginning to experience disease and insect infestation such as Oak Wilt and the Emerald Ash Borer. Areas within the unit have been set up as test sites and monitoring for the Ash Borer.
Arenac, Bay and part of Iosco County is managed by the Standish Field Office and offers 32 miles of a scenic natural river, over 450 miles of major rivers such as the Rifle, Au Gres, Saginaw, Kawkawlin, Au Sable, Tawas and the Pine; 83 miles of Great Lakes Shoreline and beautiful Wildlife Areas such as Wigwam Bay, Tobico Marsh, Nayanquing Point and Crow Island.
Midland County is managed by the Sanford Field Office and offers 309 miles of rivers/streams including the Chippewa, Pine and Tittabawassee. There are also 28 miles of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail that traverse Midland, Isabella and Clare Counties.
This is a truly diverse management unit ranging from large, low wetland areas in the eastern portion to higher, rolling sandy soil type on the northwest area of the unit with Aspen being the major timber type.