DNR wants input on state forest plan for Dickinson, Iron counties

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants the public’s input as it makes forests management plans for 2019 that will include harvesting timber, planting trees, prescribed burning and maintaining fields and open areas.

These activities are designed to provide wildlife habitat, control invasive species and improve the overall health of the forest.

Areas are under review in Sagola, Felch, West Branch, Breen, Breitung, Norway and Waucedah townships in Dickinson County; and Crystal Falls, Mansfield and Mastodon townships in Iron County.

A public meeting has been set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Norway Field Office, 500 West U.S. 2 in Norway. This session will allow for viewing proposals and maps of the affected areas, along with providing feedback

DNR staff will approve final plans at a meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Crystal Falls Michigan Department of Transportation Office, 120 Tobin-Alpha Road in Crystal Falls.

Those who can’t attend this meeting can find maps and information online at www.michigan.gov/forestry. Select the “Find a Forest” button and click the “Crystal Falls” button on the map. Comments also can be submitted by email to Dan McNamee at mcnameed@michigan.gov, using the subject line “Crystal Falls Forest Management Unit open house comment.”

Anyone with a disability who requires accommodations to attend these meetings should contact McNamee at mcnameed@michigan.gov or at 906-875-6622 at least five business days before each meeting.

More information about the state forest planning process is available at www.michigan.gov/forestplan.