DNR forest management meeting set

ISHPEMING – Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials will hold an open house today in Ishpeming Township to provide information and receive public comment on forest management treatments for the Gwinn Management Unit, which includes Marquette and Alger counties.

The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DNR’s Ishpeming Field Office on U.S. 41 West.

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.

“Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources,” according to a press release.

On Oct. 2, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Nicolet Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said these open houses are a good way for interested residents and stakeholders to learn about the DNR’s proposed treatment plans and to share input toward final decisions on those treatments.

“Interested folks can take a look at proposed management plans and talk face-to-face with foresters and biologists about their questions and concerns. Having active partners in the management of our state forests is crucial to meeting the recreation, economic and conservation needs of current and future generations.” said O’Neill, who also serves as state forester.

Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house. The information can also be found at Compartment review packets for the 2015 year of entry can be found by selecting the shown map and clicking on the “Gwinn” button. Records of decisions, recorded timber harvests and other treatments for past years are also available on the web page.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.