LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is planning six public meetings in May to discuss plans for managing some 4 million acres of state forest land.
There are separate blueprints for the eastern Upper Peninsula, the western Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. Officials say once final versions are in place, they'll guide decisions about timber cutting and other activities.
The first meeting will be May 14 in Newberry and the last will be May 30 in Lansing. Other locations include Marquette Township, Baraga, Traverse City and Gaylord.
Among topics for discussion will be strategic direction, aspen and timber management, wildlife habitat, fisheries and recreational trails.
Forest resources division chief Bill O'Neill says a six-month public comment period drew 573 responses about the plans.