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DNR to hold open house Jan. 27 to get input on draft General Management Plan for Coldwater Lake State Park

Contact: <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=mailto%3Ajensend1%40michigan.gov">Debbie Jensen, 517-284-6105 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
Agency: Natural ResourcesJan. 14, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Tuesday, Jan. 27, to invite public input on a new draft General Management Plan for Coldwater Lake State Park. The open house will run 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dr. Robert W. Browne Recreation Center located at Heritage Park, 1776 Heritage Drive in Coldwater, Michigan.

Coldwater Lake State Park contains 1¼ miles of frontage on the south shore of Coldwater Lake in southern Branch County. This undeveloped 400-acre state park was purchased by the DNR in 1988 and currently is used primarily for hunting.

The General Management Plan for Coldwater Lake State Park defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to protect and preserve the site's natural and cultural resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities. A link to the Coldwater Lake State Park draft plan can be found at www.michigan.gov/coldwaterlake.

Additional information on the DNR's General Management Plan process is available at www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

"This draft plan has been developed in response to the public and stakeholder input we have received to date," said DNR park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen. "It recognizes the need for improved public access to the park and to the lakeshore while maintaining the quiet, natural feel of the property."

This meeting is being held in partnership with the Coldwater Country Conference and Visitors Bureau, which is assisting the DNR with this planning initiative. The public input meeting will begin with a short presentation of the draft plan, but members of the public are welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour period to review the planning material, provide comments and talk to DNR staff. Comments also can be made via email until Feb. 13 to Debbie Jensen at [email protected].

For more information about the open house or the draft General Management Plan, contact Debbie Jensen at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at [email protected]. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for the meeting should contact Debbie Jensen at least five business days before the meeting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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