New members sought for DNR citizen panel

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for open positions on the Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council.

The eastern council -and another one for the western Upper Peninsula- is designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and from the public at large, DNR officials said in a news release.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 10.

The eastern council includes about 20 members who live within five eastern Upper Peninsula counties: Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft. Council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation stakeholder groups and are chosen based on a variety of factors including counties and stakeholder groups not currently represented.

Agenda items addressed at meetings are set by the council members, and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration in policy-formation and decision-making processes. The council meets every other month, approximately six times per year. Eastern council meetings are typically held in Newberry and occasionally in Manistique, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace.

Application forms and more information about the CACs are available online at Completed applications can be faxed to 228-9441, emailed to:, or mailed to: DNR (Attn: CAC), 1990 U.S. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855.

For more information, contact DNR Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator Stacy Welling Haughey at 228-6561.