Public Input Sought on Michigan Property

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The Citizens Committee for Michigan State Parks and the Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting Sept.19 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena regarding future management of a 4,300-acre parcel of state forest land in Presque Isle and Alpena counties known as Rockport. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center Theatre, 500 West Fletcher, in Alpena.

The Rockport property, located on Lake Huron and formerly owned by Consumers Energy, was deeded to the state of Michigan in 1997. The property features a limestone karst, sinkholes, historic and archaeological sites and an old quarry.

The citizens committee is an advisory committee created by legislation that Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law in 2004 and is charged with ensuring the public has a voice in the planning, development and operations of Michigan's state park system.

For more information regarding this meeting, contact Vicki Anthes, planning section manager in DNR's Parks and Recreation Division, at (517) 335-7890 or [email protected]. Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Dan Lord at (517) 335-2003 a minimum of five business days before the meeting. Requests made less than five days before the event may not be accommodated.