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DNR hosting open houses

The Department of Natural Resources will host open houses July 23 in Gladwin and July 24 in Harrison to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Gladwin management unit, which includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties and the southern part of Iosco County. The open houses are set for the following times and locations:

• Wednesday, July 23, 3 to 6 p.m.

Gladwin Field Office, 801 North Silverleaf, Gladwin

(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin and Midland counties)

• Thursday, July 24, 3 to 5  p.m.

Redding Township Hall, 8391 W. Temple Drive, Harrison

(Will cover proposed forest treatments in Clare County)

Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, fisheries and other resource managers. The age, health, quality and quantity of trees and other vegetation are assessed to enable DNR staff to make informed decisions. Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.

Because the forest is inventoried approximately two years in advance, a “year of entry” is assigned to indicate when treatments will be prepared. Information currently under review has a 2016 year of entry. This means that treatment activities on lands being reviewed this year will actually begin in 2016.

On July 30, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will take place:

• Wednesday, July 30, 9 a.m.

Harrison Field Office, 2115 Sullivan Drive, Harrison

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