LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently formed a Blue Ribbon Advisory Group to independently review southern Michigan state game areas. At the June 11th, 2015 Natural Resources Commission meeting, membership in this group was announced.
State game areas, which are almost exclusively located in southern Lower Michigan, are important public-land areas managed by the state of Michigan, providing residents with broad opportunities to hunt, trap and fish and engage in other recreational activities. The DNR is responsible for creating and maintaining wildlife habitat on these areas for conservation purposes.
The group will be tasked with examining the overall use of southern Michigan state game areas, how funds and agreements are used to acquire these lands, and the diversity of uses on these lands and creating a vision for the future use of these areas.
- William Demmer, Boone and Crockett and Demmer Corporation (co-chair)
- Dan Eichinger, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (co-chair)
- Chris Bunch, Six Rivers Land Conservancy
- Jordan Burroughs, Michigan State University
- Bob Coffin, Meijer Corporation
- Douglas J. Krizanic, Deloitte Tax LLP
- Amy Mangus, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
- Duran Martinez, Wild Michigan Outdoors radio show
- Marc Miller, DNR regional initiatives deputy
- Shawn Riley, Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management
- Bill Rustem, retiree, former director of strategy for Governor Snyder
- Zane Walker, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
“This is an outstanding group of outdoor enthusiasts who have agreed to come together and think strategically about Michigan’s southern state game areas,” said Russ Mason, DNR Wildlife Division chief. “They will understand how state game areas have really been used and managed and provide recommendations on how these areas might meet the needs of future generations.”
The group will begin with a review of state game areas in southwest Michigan and then focus on those in southeast Michigan. See a map and list of Michigan’s state game areas on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/hunting.