Thursday, April 10, 2014

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 10, at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, 4125 Beaumont Road, in Lansing.
The day begins with a 9 a.m. meeting of Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee.

At 2 p.m., the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will receive updates from the chiefs of the Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries and Wildlife divisions.
The Committee of the Whole follows at 3 p.m. DNR Director Keith Creagh will receive reports on topics including Michigan’s upcoming wildfire season and prescribed burns; progress at Belle Isle Park; and winter stress on deer and deer habitat improvement grants. Trevor VanDyke, manager of the DNR’s Legislative and Legal Affairs Office, will provide a legislative update.

At 3:45 p.m., DNR Wildlife Chief Russ Mason will present representatives of the Toledo Zoo with a DNR Partners in Conservation Award for their help in reintroducing federally endangered Karner blue butterflies to the Petersburg State Game Area in Monroe County.
Immediately following the award presentation, the NRC will hear comments from the public. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or to register.
Following public comments, the NRC is scheduled to consider Wildlife Conservation Order amendments regarding field dog trials at Allegan State Game Area, bear hunting license quotas and elk hunting regulations and license quotas.
Several items, including three land transactions, are scheduled for DNR director’s action.

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