ANNUAL MEETING TO BE HELD BEHIND DNR HEADQUARTERS AFTER A PICNIC LUNCH AT 12:00 ON JULY 5, 2015. MORE INFORMATION.
Hooray! We have almost succeeded in obtaining funding for the dam removal thanks to you, our members! We needed about an additional $65,000 according to the cost estimates. Here is a breakdown of pledged funding and hoped for grants:
1) PRCA member donations - $14,625
2) Otsego Community Foundation grant - $5,000
3) Great Lakes Fishery Trust grant - $45,750
Now if bids come in approximately as estimated we should be in good shape. Bids will be received and evaluated by the end of June. So stay tuned...
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.
Spring has come!
Projects in Pigeon River Country
We are now involved in two major projects in the Pigeon River Country.
We are partners with Trout Unlimited as we help Golden Lotus plan for the drawdown of the pond and the removal of the 80 year old Song of the Morning Ranch dam (see below) in a manner that will minimize damage to the Pigeon River.
We are partners with the Otsego County Historical Society as we build an Historical Interpretive Center in the old 1930's CCC built Unit Manager's Cabin at Forest Headquarters pictured below.