Quite a change from this summer!
Advisory Council News:
The Pigeon River Country Advisory Council has voted its disapproval of the cabin rental proposal, leaving Parks and Recreation Division field staff to further weigh the idea before sending a report to senior staff in Lansing. PRCAC on Jan. 23 voted “no” 8-6 on a motion asking if the advisory council recommended “further consideration of such a program as an appropriate activity.” Rich Hill, district supervisor of parks and recreation, says the whole idea is still being discussed internally. A report summarizing views will be sent to senior staff in Lansing for further consideration sometime this spring. Hill said the Concept of Management is the guiding principle for any decisions about Pigeon River Country. Click on Current newsletter and Cabin rentals below for background information. Posted 2/28/15.
It's cold out there!!
Agreement reached on Dam Removal
Judge Allen issued a Consent Judgment on the Song of the Morning Dam removal case.on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Huron Pines has agreed to take the lead in the dam removal project which will begin after the drawdown is complete.
The drawdown began on May 22. There is 50+ years of organic sediment in the pond that will slowly flow downstream during the drawdown. This process will almost certainly take at least this summer to complete safely. Unfortunately you will see a substantial amount of silt and organic matter which will make the Pigeon appear dark and murky, particularly at the Sturgeon Valley Road bridge during much of this process. Golden Lotus, with our help, is carefully monitoring the situation to minimize as much as possible the impact on the Pigeon.
Golden Lotus, Trout Unlimited, and the Association are now cooperating to reduce as much as possible the potential for harm to the Pigeon River during the dam removal stage which, hopefully, will begin next year after the draw down is complete. Here are pictures with dates of the Song of the Morning pond drawdown which began May 22: