Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2015, at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan in Lansing. DNR

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a meeting of the Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee in banquet rooms 6 and 8. The committee will hear a presentation on and resolutions in support of proposed general management plans for McLain State Park (Houghton County) and Straits State Park (Mackinac County). The committee also will hear a presentation on oak wilt disease, receive an update on parks and recreation activities, and convene a work session to discuss 2015 priorities.

At 10:30 a.m., the Marketing, Partnership, Youth and Outreach Advisory Committee will meet at the Radisson Hotel (connected to the Lansing Center via enclosed pedestrian walkway) in the Michigan II and III rooms, to discuss the future structure of the committee.

At 1 p.m., the day’s events pick back up in the Lansing Center’s banquet rooms 6 and 8 with a meeting of the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries. The group will discuss state fish hatcheries and the wildlife cooperator program and goals, receive updates on the Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup and the wolf management plan, and discuss management plans for state game areas.

The Committee of the Whole meets at 3 p.m. to receive Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh’s report and a legislative update.

At 4 p.m., the three winners of the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing will be recognized and will receive their prizes. Pure Michigan Hunt offers hunters the opportunity to win elk, bear, turkey and antlerless deer licenses, as well as first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area and a prize package valued at more than $4,000. This year, 32,422 Pure Michigan Hunt applications were purchased.

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

Following public comments, the Natural Resources Commission will consider proposed changes to falconry and raptor capture regulations. Director Creagh also is scheduled to announce decisions on several land transactions and mineral exchanges. In order to allow the public and the DNR adequate time to review a recently updated proposal from Graymont, Inc. for a land transaction in northern Mackinac County, however, Director Creagh will not make a decision on this transaction until, at the earliest, the March 19 NRC meeting in Roscommon. A proposed mineral exchange from Graymont is still before the director for action at the Feb. 12 meeting.

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