|Michigan DNR's nationally recognized fire program celebrates 100 years In 2014, Michigan set a new record when it came to wildfires - a record low. This past fire season, 167 fires burned 550 acres across the state. The historic low number of wildfires corresponds to another historic event in Michigan: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of William J. Pearson being appointed as the state's first full-time forest fire officer. The DNR now has 68 fire officers deployed at 48 stations across the state.
|Michigan DNR and U.S. Forest Service partner to protect oak trees from killer fungus Like American elm in the 1950s and ash trees in more recent history, Michigan's red oak trees are facing potentially significant die-offs due to an exotic and largely invisible killer: oak wilt. In addition to various preemptive means of preventing or slowing the spread of oak wilt that the public can help with, the DNR's Forest Resources and Parks and Recreation divisions have partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to develop and implement a method of treating stands of oak trees that are already infected.
|Michigan hunters can help fill food bank freezers with Sportsmen Against Hunger program Thanks to the generosity of many Michigan hunters, thousands of pounds of venison will end up at local food banks and soup kitchens to feed the state's needy and hungry citizens. The donated venison is made possible through the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program, designed to help hunters share their bounty with the less fortunate. Participants can donate an entire deer, a certain number of pounds of venison, or can simply make a monetary donation to support the program.
|Deer hunters: Take time to learn about season prospects, licensing changes before Nov. 15 arrives Deer hunters will want to take some time to read up on hunting prospects and become familiar with new deer license options for the 2014 season. Read on for the pre-hunt information all deer hunters need to know this year.
|Northern Michigan Deer PLAN projects aim to improve habitat, health of the herd When hunting license fees went up in 2014 (for the first time in 17 years), hunters were told that a good portion of the increased revenue would be used to improve wildlife habitat across the state. The question on many hunters' minds has been: How is that money being spent? A prime example is the DNR's new Deer Private Land Assistance Network - or Deer PLAN - a grant program funded by hunting license sales that is designed to improve deer habitat on private land in the northern Lower Peninsula.
|Natural Resources Commission chair J.R. Richardson: Committed to the outdoors and conservation J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon has been chair of the Natural Resources Commission since 2012. An avid sportsman and lifelong resident of the western Upper Peninsula, Richardson's priorities include getting young people involved in the outdoors, ensuring stable funding for conservation, forging partnerships to improve habitat, and finding ways that the NRC can help the state flourish economically.
|Volunteers team with Adopt-a-Forest program to clean up Grand Traverse County Although illegal dumping is a problem occurring on public land in many parts of Michigan, Grand Traverse County, until recently, was home to more illegal dump sites than any other county in the state, with 45 known sites on public land in the county. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers and the Adopt-a-Forest program, 25 of these sites were cleaned up over the past six months and additional work is planned to address the remaining 20 before the snow flies.
• >>Showcasing Archive
• Ed Golder-DNR
• Debbie Munson Badini-DNR
• Brad Wurfel-DEQ
• DNR Segments from Q1 Buck Pole These short video segments from the Q1 Buck Pole television show cover a variety of DNR initiatives and other natural resources topics of interest.
• Explore Bowhunting A video about youth involvement in Michigan bowhunting.
• How Much Do You Know About Michigan's Civil War Battle Flags? Learn about Michigan's 3rd Infantry Regiment flag. Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark and education staff member Eric Perkins explain the
history behind this particular flag from Grand Rapids, and explain why being the flag bearer came with some very big risks.
• Shields of Gold: DNR Conservation Officers This video montage, set to music, illustrates
the work DNR conservation officers perform in
the course of protecting Michigan's natural
resources and environment.