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DNR seeks to fill vacancies on UP advisory panels

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on both the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils.

The councils are 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.

A Feb. 1 deadline has been set to apply. Several vacancies are currently available.

The councils meet every other month, with meeting agenda items set by council members. Council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration in policy-formation and decision-making processes.

“The councils are a great opportunity for members and the public to learn about, and have input into, DNR issues, programs and decisions,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer.

Council members, who are required to have their primary residence located in the U.P.’s five eastern or 10 western counties, represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interest groups or the citizenry at large.

Each council includes roughly 20 members.

Application forms and more information about the councils are available online at Michigan.gov/UPCAC or by calling the DNR’s Marquette Customer Service Center at 906-226-1331.

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