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May 1, 2007

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DNR Accessibility Advisory Council Members Named;
Next Meeting Set for May 7 in Lansing

The 21-member Accessibility Advisory Council, which is assisting the Department of Natural Resources with prioritizing recommendations to increase access to recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities, will meet again on Monday, May 7, at a State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth conference room located at 1048 Pierpont Dr. in Lansing.

The 21 members named to the council at its March meeting are:

* Duncan Wyeth, representing the Michigan Commission of Disability Concerns;
* Rodney Haneline, representing Leader Dogs for the Blind;
* Jim Trinklein, representing the Michigan Association of Game Bird Breeders and Hunting Preserves;
* Bill Sheffer, representing the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds;
* Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone, representing the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs;
* Roberta McCall, representing the Michigan Commission for the Blind;
* Aaron Harris, representing the Safari Club;
* Roger McCarville, host of Disabilities Today on PBS;
* Mark Velthouse, representing Wheelin’ Sportsmen;
* Scott Stevens, representing the Paralyzed Veterans of America;
* Jeff Coupie, representing Michigan Sports Unlimited;
* Vendella Collins, representing the Developmental Disabilities Council in the Department of Community Health;
* Sophie Baker, representing the Department of Civil Rights;
* Chris Hunter, representing the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Department of Labor and Economic Growth;
* Scott Norris, representing the Department of History, Arts and Libraries;
* Tom Schneider, representing Lake Huron Sport Fishing;
* Lucia Rios, an accessibility specialist representing Disability Network-Lakeshore;
* Miguel Satut, representing the W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
* John Witzke, representing Michigan United Conservation Clubs;
* Sandy Dorey, representing Oakland County Parks & Recreation;
* Cindy Burkhour, representing Access To Recreation.

At the March meeting, DNR Director Rebecca Humphries officially named members to the council and welcomed them. The council will work on new collaborations and partnerships to improve accessibility to the outdoors for Michigan citizens and tourists. The goal is to ensure that everyone has access to the DNR’s natural resource programs, facilities and services.

The AAC will review, make recommendations and provide input for the creation of new programs and facilities, and also provide the DNR with assistance in prioritizing elements of its Strategic Plan for Accessibility.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
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