DNR News: Natural Resources Commission in Marquette, leftover turkey licenses

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News Digest - Week of Sept. 2, 2019

Profile view of a woman wearing shorts and a tank top, running on a trail, autumn background

Michigan's state trails system offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy running outdoors.

Here's a look at some of this week's stories from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

See other news releases, Showcasing the DNR stories, photos and other resources at Michigan.gov/DNRPressRoom.

Michigan Natural Resources Commission in Marquette next week

People enjoying the beach at Muskallonge State Park in Luce County, Michigan's Upper Peninsula

An update on white-nose syndrome in bats, a presentation about the state's parks and trails systems, and recognition for the efforts of former commissioner J.R. Richardson, Michigan United Conservation Clubs Upper Peninsula staff and former Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee member Jim Hendricks are some of the agenda items for the next meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Sept. 12. The commission takes the meeting to the central U.P. this month, gathering at the Northern Michigan University Ballroom, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., in Marquette.

Scheduled committee meetings include:

  • 10:30 a.m., NRC Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries.
  • 12:30 p.m., NRC Committee of the Whole.

See the meeting's full draft agenda at Michigan.gov/NRC. For more information or to request time to speak at the meeting, contact Cheryl Nelson at 517-284-6237.

ICYMI: Save Michigan History grants help preserve our stories

A man looks at a photograph in an archival folder.

Libraries, museums, local government offices and other organizations and institutions across Michigan do some pretty important work when it comes to safeguarding the state’s stories. To help make that job easier, the Save Michigan History grant program provides funding to help applicants preserve records and make them available to the public.

In case you missed it, the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board – which administers the grant program – recently awarded $1,992 to the Argus Museum (Ann Arbor), $1,929 to the Lapeer District Library and $528 to the St. Clair County Library to support projects to digitize key collections that include photographs, company records, author notes, county poor home ledgers and more.

Read the full story for details about each award winner’s plans.


Head to the Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area Sunday for hands-on instruction in archery, fishing and camping, to see a search and rescue dog demo, and more!


Hunters, if you still want to pick up a fall turkey license, remember that any licenses that remain may be purchased by any hunter – one license a day until quotas are met.


Do you know what to look for when it comes to red swamp crayfish? Watch this video from a recent trip to Novi, where DNR fisheries staff checked traps and talked about ways to combat this invasive species. 

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