Natural Resources Commission to Meet in Lansing – Nov. 5

Lansing, MichiganNovember 5, 2015 – The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its next regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing.

The day begins with a 1 p.m. meeting of the Marketing, Partnership, Youth and Outreach Advisory Committee. The committee will receive updates on the recent state park camper survey, a fishing promotion partnership, and Department of Natural Resources marketing efforts.

The Committee of the Whole meets at 2:30 p.m. to receive DNR Director Keith Creagh’s report and a legislative update. The committee will receive updates on Michigan state parks and trails; the fall egg-take at state fish hatcheries; October oil and gas lease auction results, and the DNR’s progress on department goals. The committee also will review the DNR Law Enforcement Division’s strategic plan; progress on this year’s Sportsmen Against Hunger campaign; the recent forest products summit, and the DNR’s budget process overview.

At 3:30 p.m. the DNR will present a Partners in Conservation Award to the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, in recognition of the ongoing cooperation between local firefighters and the DNR – cooperation that contributes to improved, efficient protection of Michigan residents, natural resources and property. The association was nominated for the award by the department’s Forest Resources Division.

Immediately following the award presentation, the commission will receive public comments. Those wishing to make public comments before the commission should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or nelsonc@michigan.gov to register.

Following public comments, the NRC is expected to set a number of fishing regulations, including statewide trout and salmon rules and special regulations at the Sylvania Wilderness Area and a number of select lakes.

DNR Director Creagh is scheduled to announce a decision on the draft comprehensive management plan for Drummond Island and on four land transactions.

For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.


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