DNR News: Winter recreation safety, Natural Resources Commission in Lansing

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News Digest - Week of Jan. 6, 2020

enjoying a lantern-lit ski and showshoe hike at Island Lake Recreation Area, winter 2019

Enjoying a lantern-lit ski and snowshoe hike at Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton.

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

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

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Natural Resources Commission meets Thursday in Lansing

Beautiful bright night sky view, with a lit-up tent in the foreground, at Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground, Otsego County

A land use order governing the management, care and use of areas surrounding state forest campgrounds, a fisheries order outlining regulations for warm-water species on select waters, and an update on elk season results are just some of the agenda items for the next meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Jan. 9, in Lansing. The meeting will take place at the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 4125 Beaumont Road. 

Scheduled committee meetings include:

  • 11 a.m., Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries.
  • 11:30 a.m., lunch break.
  • 12:30 p.m., 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.

Safely enjoy your favorite Michigan winter activities

Lone snowmobile, lights on, coming at the camera down a snow-covered bridge, mature pines in the background

Starting out the new year, winter weather has arrived in many parts of Michigan. Whether you’ve been busy skating, skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting or enjoying the great outdoors in other ways – or just starting to plan your first adventure of the season – please put safety first. Here are some easy things to keep in mind:

For more information about safely enjoying outdoor recreation activities, contact Lt. Tom Wanless at 517-284-6026.


Visit downtown Lansing Saturday, Jan. 25, to enjoy a statehood celebration at the Michigan History Center. Mark the state's 183rd birthday with costumed interpreters, historical crafts, live music, a euchre tourney and much more!


Looking for programs and classes on hunting, fishing, archery and other outdoor topics for yourself or your classroom? Visit Michigan.gov/HuntFish for the latest information on available events, tours and interpretive programs. 


If you want to share your passion for Michigan's natural resources with others and help shape the next generation, consider being a volunteer safety instructor for areas including boating, hunting, ORV riding and snowmobiling.

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