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  • Historical photo shows a pull-behind plow used to create fire breaks.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.
  • DNR forest technician Phillip Kurzeja checks under the bark of a red oak for signs of oak wilt.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.
  • Lynn Merindorf processed a deer donated to Sportsmen Against Hunger at his butcher shop in Mason.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.
  • buck with trees in backgroundDeer 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.
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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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