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Sept. 3, 2008

Contacts: John Pilon 989-732-3541 ext. 5042 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Hosts Open House in Atlanta Forest Management Unit on Sept. 23

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 23, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2010 in the Atlanta management unit. The open house will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Forest Management Unit office on M-33 in Atlanta.

Each year, DNR personnel inventory and evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. Information gathered includes the health, quality and quantity of all vegetation; wildlife and fisheries habitat and needs; archeological sites; minerals; recreational use; wildfire potential and social factors, including proximity to roads and neighborhoods; and use on adjacent lands, public and private. Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, then are designed to ensure the sustainability of the resources and ecosystems.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to review proposed treatments and to provide input toward final decisions on those treatments. It also provides the public an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues of interest. Maps and information regarding the proposed treatments will be available at the open house, and can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/dnr under the Forests, Land & Water section.

Each management unit is divided into smaller units or compartments to facilitate better administration of the resources. This year the Atlanta Open House and Compartment Review will consider management prescriptions in the following townships: Grant Township in Cheboygan County; Allis, Bearinger and Case townships in Presque Isle County; Maple Ridge, Wellington, Wilson and Ossineke townships in Alpena County; and Montmorency, Briley, Rust, Hillman, Albert and Loud townships in Montmorency County. The formal compartment review to decide on prescriptions for these areas is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Lewiston Library, 2851 Kneeland St. in Lewiston.

Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily-scented personal care products, in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the Atlanta Management Unit Open House should contact Laurie Marzolo at 989-785-4251, ext. 5240, a minimum of five (5) business days before this event/meeting. Requests made less than five business days before the event may not be accommodated.

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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