Natural Resources Commission Meets Thursday in Lansing

Lansing, MI – The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing.

The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. meeting of the Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee in Room 115. The committee will review orders on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail and the re-opening of four state forest campgrounds; hear updates on camping fees, use of the Ralph A McMullan Conference Center, Belle Isle and the Governor’s Showcase Trail plan; and conclude with a work session regarding the Governor’s Blue Ribbon goals, progress and action steps for 2014.

At 11 a.m., the meeting moves to Room 101 for a session with the Marketing and Outreach Advisory Committee. The committee will receive an update on hunting and fishing licenses and campsites, and review the 2013 summer programs at state parks.

At 1 p.m., the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will hear updates from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Fisheries divisions, followed by a presentation on the Kirtland’s Warbler Project Partnership.

The Committee of the Whole follows at 2:30 p.m., with reports from DNR Director Keith Creagh and DNR Legislative Liaison Trevor VanDyke.

Immediately following the Committee of the Whole, 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:

  • Spring turkey regulations;
  • Fishing regulations on a variety of select lakes; and
  • Statewide cool-water regulations for largemouth and smallmouth bass,northern pike, walleye, muskellunge, channel and flathead catfish, yellow perch, sunfish and white bass.

There are three items eligible for action by the DNR director: a state forest land exchange in Clare County, a state forest land exchange in Mackinac County and a land sale in Mackinac County.

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


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