Michigan Natural Resources Commission to meet April 11 in Lansing

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 11, at the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a meeting of the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division will update the commission on the state’s Atlantic salmon stocking program. The department’s Wildlife Division will report on bovine tuberculosis and its surveillance, the Hunting Access Program, deer management assistance permits and proposed fall turkey regulations and license quotas.

The committee will hear from two external experts on wolf management: Chris Smith, western representative of the Wildlife Management Institute and former policy advisor to the governor of Montana on wolf and grizzly bear management; and Jim Hammill, a member of the board of directors of Safari Club International and former member of the International Wolf Center board.

State law authorizes that the Natural Resource Commission to determine the method and manner of take for all game species in Michigan. A DNR proposal for a public harvest of wolves will be presented to the committee. The proposal is for discussion only and will not be acted upon at the April meeting. A copy of the proposal can be found here.

At 2 p.m., the Committee of the Whole will receive reports on Gourmet Gone Wild, this year’s bear patch from the Michigan Bear Hunters Association, the DNR Wildlife Division’s Annual Report and ongoing land policy discussions. In addition, DNR Director Keith Creagh will give his report to the committee, and the committee will receive a legislative update.

At 4 p.m., the Clinton River Watershed Council will receive a Partners in Conservation Award.

Immediately following the award presentation, the NRC will hear comments from the public. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Deb Whipple, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-373-2352 or whippled1@michigan.gov to register.

Following public comments, the NRC is scheduled to consider for action elk regulations and license quotas for the 2013 season as well as changes to salvage permits for businesses.

Items eligible for action by Director Creagh include a May Oil and Gas Lease Auction and two land use orders. The first land use order concerns the use of horses and pack animals on state game areas. The second expands opportunities for equestrians to ride and camp within the Pigeon River Country State Forest. Also eligible for action by Director Creagh are six land transactions.

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

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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