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  • Sandstone pieces show evidence of a masonry structure likely related to 1840s copper mining. Archaeology students seek answers to Fort Wilkins' mining pastWhile the story of Fort Wilkins and its military use is well-documented, the story of the early days of copper mining around the fort is not as well-known. To better document the fort's history related to copper mining, a group of Michigan Technological University students is exploring land that is now part of Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, looking specifically for evidence of mining activity by the Pittsburgh & Boston Mining Co., which operated in the region in 1844-48.
  • GEMS are walk-in access trails designed to provide safe and easily accessible hunting opportunities.New Grouse Enhanced Management Systems give hunters a gem of an opportunityGovernor Rick Snyder and DNR Director Keith Creagh recently joined in a volunteer habitat improvement effort on state forest land in the U.P. as part of the DNR's new GEMS - or Grouse Enhanced Management Systems - initiative. The GEMS are designed to bring attention to Michigan's outstanding upland bird hunting opportunities through the creation of a series of walk-in access hunting trails intensively managed for improved ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting.
  • A grove of mature crabapple trees can be found on state forest land in southern Marquette County.More bang for your buck: Upper Peninsula habitat improvements ramp upIn 2014 DNR Wildlife Division staffers in the Upper Peninsula were able to greatly ramp up tree and shrub planting efforts for the first time in years due to recent increases in hunting license fees and the addition of the $11 base license required of all hunters, which specifically funds improvement of habitat and hunting opportunities. Hunter support for habitat improvement also manifested itself through volunteer efforts during the 2014 planting season.
  • The very first Smokey Bear poster to appear in 1944.After 70 years, Smokey Bear still plays vital role in fire preventionWhen the typical American thinks of wildfire prevention, the first image that comes to mind is surely that of the iconic Smokey Bear. Since the days of Smokey's first words in 1944 - "Smokey says - care will prevent nine out of 10 forest fires." - his likeness and slogans have been invaluable to federal, state and local agencies responsible for wildfire prevention and management.

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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive
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