DNR advisory panel to meet Wednesday in Baraga

UP group to hear update on chronic wasting disease

MARQUETTE – From a deer hunting season recap to loud exhausts on snowmobiles, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of topics at its meeting Wednesday in Baraga.

The session will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time in the conference room at the Baraga Lakeside Inn on U.S. 41.

“I am always impressed with the amount of information exchanged during the meetings between the council members and DNR staffers. This public forum is a great resource for all who attend,” said Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator. “We always welcome public input and we have staffers available to answer questions people might have about DNR issues in the western U.P.”

The public can participate in discussion at two specified periods during the meeting. For instructions, go to michigan.gov/upcac.

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input 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 constituencies.

Additional agenda items at the upcoming meeting include reports from committee meetings and updates on chronic wasting disease and the Upper Peninsula CWD Task Force.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the nomination form found on the DNR website at michigan.gov/upcac. Meeting packets and agendas are also available online at that webpage.

For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.