Michigan: NRC to Meet Today in Alpena
| October 12, 2017
At the next regular meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, members are expected to vote on a variety of changes to fishing regulations for next season, including those regarding spawning closures, special regulations for warm-water species on select waters, and Wisconsin/Michigan boundary waters. The commission will meet Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 West Fletcher St., in Alpena.

The day's committee schedules and topics for discussion and updates include:

8 a.m. – State Parks Advisory Committee
  • Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division's Green Initiative Team.
  • General management plans for Port Crescent and Sleeper state parks.
  • Other Parks and Recreation Division updates.

10 a.m. – Marketing, Partnerships, Youth and Outreach Committee (joint meeting with the Michigan
  • Travel Commission)
  • Pure Michigan strategic plan.
  • Invasive carp.
  • State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan status.
  • Report on snowmobiles and promotions.
  • Introduction to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

12:30 p.m. – Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Proposed fishing regulations governing the expansion of Upper Peninsula streams with a 10-fish daily limit on brook trout, and year-round, catch-and-release muskellunge fishing.
  • Bovine tuberculosis.
  • Preliminary elk season results.

2 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
  • State parks and trails.
  • State forest road inventory.
  • Presentation of DNR Law Enforcement Division Lifesaving Awards to Conservation Officers Paul Fox and William Webster.

Immediately following the Committee of the Whole, the NRC will receive public comments. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or nelsonc@michigan.gov to register.

Following public comments, the NRC is scheduled to vote on a number of fishing regulations. DNR Director Keith Creagh is expected to announce decisions on the designation of campsites on the Beaver Island State Wildlife Research Area, the authorization of a $5 fee for those who purchase the Recreation Passport at a state park instead of buying it when renewing their vehicle license plates, and the renaming of the Lakeland Trails State Park in honor of Michael R. Levine's generous support for Michigan's trails. Director Creagh also will announce decisions on several land transactions.

For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.


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