URGENT - Your help is needed to protect the Pigeon River Country. Below is a listing of what State Senate bills 39 & 40 could do to the PRC prepared by the Coalition to Stop MI Senate Bills 39 & 40.
The DNR has not yet taken a position! See the page SENATE BILL 39 AND 40 for the text of the two letters that the Pigeon River Advisory Council sent to DNR Director Creagh urging him to oppose these bills. Please read and then first send an email or phone call to Director Creagh at CreaghK@michigan.gov
and then call the governor and your state representative NOW.
Michigan Public Land Management At Risk -
Calls and Letters Are Needed NOW!
Stop Michigan Senate bills 39 & 40
These bills represent the most significant legislative intervention in public land management in the State’s history. These provisions include:
• The potential forced opening of our few remaining special management areas to motorized vehicles
• Increased timber harvest to levels which may be in conflict with publicly-adopted sustainable forest
• Calls for the elimination of some habitat management activities which benefit both game and non-game wildlife species
• Transfers authority for strategic public land decisions in most areas of northern Michigan to a small number of local officials
• Requires accelerated and preferential sales of public land to adjacent private landowners, including lands which are NOT designated as surplus
• Reduced application fees for the private acquisition of public land or easements to levels which are well below the DNR’s cost of application review and administration
• Prohibits the DNR from rejecting even flawed real estate appraisals involving the State sale of public
• Prohibits public land management activities which are intended to preserve biological diversity
• Requires the development of new strategic land plans to facilitate these policies in spite of the fact that the DNR’s 2013 plan has never been legislatively approved or even formally considered
These proposed requirements collectively represent a significant diversion of DNR field staff time and resources away from the management of our forests, fisheries and wildlife. Don’t take our word for these provisions, here’s the bill analysis from the Senate Fiscal agency.
Please call or write Governor Rick Snyder (517-373-3400), State House Natural Resource Committee members and your District House Representative and voice your opposition to Senate Bills 39 & 40. (see links below); also, please call the DNR Administrative offices (517-284-6367) and ask them to oppose SB-39 & 40.
Gov. Snyder Contact link: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57827-267869--,00.html
House Rep. Contact Link: http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/frmRepList.aspx
The DNR has just announced a new elk tracking research project. Here is the announcement including a video of an elk capture and several photos. (Just in time for our project - see our Discovery Center page.)
Send us your favorite picture for
Picture of the Month
Our current major project is helping with the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center. Here is some information, but see the Current Newsletter or Discovery Center page for more details.
We are partners with the Otsego County Historical Society, Pigeon River Advisory Council, the Lunden family and the DNR as we build a Discovery Center in the old 1930's built CCC Unit Manager's Cabin at Forest Headquarters pictured here.
NEW MAP OF PIGEON RIVER COUNTRY
Our new map of the High Country Pathway and the Pigeon River Country is now available! It has up to date ownership, trail, and forest information. The new map costs $9 plus $1.50 for shipping and is available under Maps/Membership/Donations. Our Holiday Special has ended but you can still get the new map and Dale Franz' paperback book "The Pigeon River Country" by ordering them separately. The book includes some very interesting reminiscences from old timers as well as current information on the PRC.
As always your dollars support an intern working in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.