Michigan's Great Outdoors
- 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.