2014-03-12 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

NMU offers kayaking lessons for disabled vets

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has partnered with the Marquette County YMCA and Northern Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports to offer a series of adaptive kayaking lessons for veterans with disabilities.

The sessions will be held on four consecutive Thursdays starting March 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Physical Education and Instruction Facility pool on the NMU campus in Marquette.

“We are excited about this partnership, which will allow veterans with disabilities to try out adaptive paddling gear and techniques in a controlled, safe, learning environment regardless of experience or skill level,” said Greg Andrews, DNR accessibility coordinator and special projects liaison.

The kayaking lessons are offered free of charge but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling Matthew Williams, YMCA Director of Aquatics/Competitive Swimming, at (906) 227-9622. Participants may sign up for a single or multiple sessions.

For more information, visit www.mqtymca.org and www.nmu.edu/recreation.

‘Conversations and Coffee’ with DNR planned

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources has announced public forums to be held throughout Michigan this spring, inviting the public to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities and concerns.

“Conversations and Coffee with DNR Fisheries Division” will take place in each of the eight management units that oversee the state’s fisheries and will give people the opportunity to meet managers and biologists, discuss local issues and management activities, and get specific questions answered.

These informal forums also will make information available on local and statewide regulations affecting anglers. Refreshments will be provided.

Local meeting dates, times and locations include: March 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the DNR Pocket Park (U.P. State Fair Grounds) located at 2401 12th Ave. N in Escanaba, hosted by the Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit; April 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tahquamenon Area Public Library located at 700 Newberry Ave. in Newberry, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit; and April 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sydney’s Restaurant located at 400 Cedar St. in Munising, hosted by the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit.

Deer Lake achieves its AOC restoration goal

LANSING – The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes recently announced lower levels of mercury in Deer Lake-area fish, allowing the DEQ, the EPA and the local public advisory council to remove the Deer Lake Area of Concern

Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption” Beneficial Use Impairment.

Deer Lake is near Ishpeming. is among Michigan’s 14 federally designated AOCs, chosen as restoration priority areas. A recent project in the city of Ishpeming eliminated the last known controllable source of mercury to the AOC.

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