DNR Sets Public Statewide Meetings On Deer Population Goals
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of meetings around the state this winter to receive public input on deer population goals. Meetings will be conducted in each of the eight Wildlife Management Units in Michigan.
Information about the population goals for each Deer Management Unit (DMU) can be found on the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Written comments also may be sent to DNR Operations Service Centers until Jan. 20, 2006. Phone numbers for the centers are listed below. Also, comments can be e-mailed to Deer_Goals@michigan.gov.
"These meetings will offer the public the opportunity to work with the DNR on deer population goals designed to manage the state's deer herd through 2010," said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Bill Moritz. "I encourage the public to attend these meetings and offer their comments in order to assist us in maintaining a healthy deer herd in our state."
"As we developed these draft goals, we followed the Natural Resources Policy 2007, which recognizes the need to maintain a healthy herd, ability of habitat to support deer, and the role of the public in establishing these goals," said Doug Reeves, field operations supervisor for the DNR Wildlife Division. "Changes from the previous deer population goals reflect changes in both biological and social conditions with the DMUs. Working through this process has allowed us to propose deer population goals we believe to be appropriate for each DMU in the state."
Western Upper Peninsula
The Western Upper Peninsula Wildlife Management Unit meetings will take place Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Bay College Auditorium in Escanaba; Thursday, Jan. 5, at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 41 in Watersmeet; Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Best Western Lakeside Inn located at 900 S. U.S. Highway 41 in Baraga; and Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Michigan Room at Northern Michigan University's Don H. Bottum University Center in Marquette. All meetings will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. This includes the following DMUs: 007, 021, 022, 027, 031, 036, 042, 055, 066, 121, 127, 131, 152, 155, 252 and 255. Information for the Western UP Management Unit also can be received by calling the DNR's Marquette Operations Service Center at (906) 228-6561.
Eastern Upper Peninsula
The Eastern UP Management Unit meetings will take place Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Manistique High School located at 100 N. Cedar St. in Manistique; Thursday, Jan. 12, in Room 204 of the Lake Superior State University Crawford Hall of Science located at 650 W. Easterday Ave. in Sault Ste. Marie, and Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Newberry High School located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry. All meetings are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These meetings include the following DMUs: 017, 021, 048, 049, 117 and 121. Information for the Eastern UP Management Unit also can be received by calling the Newberry Operations Service Center at (906) 293-5131.
Northwest Lower Peninsula
The Northwest Management Unit meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Cadillac School Auditorium located at 400 Linden St. in Cadillac. This includes the following DMUs: Leelanau (045), Benzie (010), Grand Traverse (028), Kalkaska (040), Manistee (051), Wexford (083), Missaukee (057), Mason (053), Lake (043), Osceola (067), Oceana (064), Newaygo (062), Mecosta (054), South Fox Island (245) and North Manitou Island (145). Information for the Northwest Management Unit also can be received by calling the Cadillac Operations Service Center at (231) 775-9727.
Northeast Lower Peninsula
The Northeast Management Unit meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center located at 104 Conservation Dr. in Roscommon. This meeting includes the following DMUs: Alpena (001), Alcona (004), Antrim (005), Charlevoix (015), Cheboygan (016), Crawford (020), Emmet (024), Iosco (035 and 135), Montmorency (060), Ogemaw (065), Oscoda (065), Otsego (069), Presque Isle (071), Roscommon (072) and Bois Blanc Island (149). Information for the Northeast Management Unit also can be received by calling the Gaylord Operations Service Center at (989) 732-3541.
Saginaw Bay Area
The Saginaw Bay Management Unit meetings will be held on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Midland Center for the Arts located at 1801 W. St. Andrews in Midland; on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Cass City Middle School Cafeteria located at 4805 Ale St. in Cass City; and Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Gladwin High School Cafeteria located at 1400 Spring St. in Gladwin. All meetings will be from 6 to 9 p.m. These meetings include the following DMUs: Arenac (006), Bay (009), Clare (018), Gladwin (026), Huron (032), Isabella (037), Midland (056), Saginaw (073, 173 and 273), Sanilac (076) and Tuscola (079). Information for the Saginaw Bay Management Unit also can be received by calling the Bay City Operations Service Center at (989) 684-9141.
Southwest Lower Peninsula
The Southwest Management Unit meetings will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Eberhard Center located at 301 W. Fulton in Grand Rapids; Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Dale A. Lyons Building on the campus of Southwestern Michigan College located at 58900 Cherry Grove Rd. in Dowagiac; and Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute located at 701 W. Cloverdale Rd. in Hastings. The Grand Rapids and Dowagiac meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Hastings meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. The meetings will focus on the following DMUs: Allegan (003), Berry (008), Berrien (011), Branch (012), Calhoun (013), Cass (014), Kalamazoo (039), Kent (041), Muskegon (061), Ottawa (070), St. Joseph (075) and Van Buren (080). Information for the Southwest Management Unit also can be received by calling the Plainwell Operations Center at (269) 685-6851.
South Central Lower Peninsula
The South Central Management Unit meetings will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Eddy Discovery Center located at 17030 Bush Rd. in Chelsea; Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Montcalm Community College/Ionia Center Ionia High School located at 250 E. Tulle Rd. in Ionia; and Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Animal and Population Health located at 4125 Beaumont Rd. in East Lansing. The Chelsea and Ionia meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The East Lansing meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. These meetings will focus on the following DMUs: Clinton (019), Eaton (023), Gratiot (029), Hillsdale (030), Ingham (033), Ionia (034), Jackson (038), Lenawee (046), Livingston (047), Montcalm (059), Shiawassee (078) and Washtenaw (081). Information on the South Central Management Unit also can be received by calling the Rose Lake Field Office at (517) 641-4903.
Southeastern Lower Peninsula
The Southeastern Management Unit meetings will be held Monday, Jan. 16, at the Imlay City High School cafeteria located at 1101 Norlin Dr. in Imlay City; and Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Summit Academy Schools cafeteria located at 18601 Middlebelt in Romulus. The Imlay City and Romulus meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. These meetings will focus on the following DMUs: Genesee (025), Lapeer (044), Macomb (050), Monroe (058), Oakland (063), St. Clair (074 and 174) and Wayne (082). Information for the Southeastern Management Unit also can be received by calling the Livonia Operations Service Center at (734) 953-0241.