Michigan DNR Reschedules Two Meetings

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The Department of Natural Resources today announced that in the event of a partial shutdown of state government it was rescheduling two public workshops originally scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5 on the draft 2008-2012 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

The Oct. 4 workshop in Marquette was rescheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Marquette Commons located at 112 S. Third St. The Oct. 5 workshop scheduled for the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon was rescheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the conference center.

The following meetings will take place as scheduled:

  • * Grand Rapids. From 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Douglas Walker Park located at 1195 W. 84th St. in Grand Rapids.
  • * Detroit. From 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Community Arts Building at the State Fair Grounds located at 1120 W. State Fair.
  • * Bay City. From 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Room 317 of the City Hall Building located at 301 Washington Ave. in Bay City.

To comply with Michigan's participation in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), in which the state makes funds available to local units of government and other public agencies to acquire land and develop facilities for outdoor recreation, the DNR must update its current statewide recreation plan.

The public workshops planned for October will give the DNR an opportunity to present the draft 2008-12 SCORP and to provide anyone interested in outdoor recreation issues in Michigan a chance to offer feedback and suggestions on the plan.

The workshops are open to the public and no advance registration is necessary.

The draft SCORP is available on the DNR Web site, and in hard copy format at the workshop sessions. To access the draft plan online, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr under "Spotlight," and comments may be submitted online as well. If a person cannot attend one of the workshops, they can submit comments online or can mail them to DNR Grants Management, P.O. Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909.

Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for this meeting should contact Lisa McTiernan at 517-241-4717 a minimum of five working days prior to the meeting to ensure accommodations can be arranged.