2014-07-17 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

DNR reminds boaters to clean all vessels

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers and boaters they should clean their boats, trailers and equipment before and after use to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Michigan.

Boats can unintentionally spread invasive species from one body of water to another, but most of these situations are avoidable by following a few, simple steps:

• Clean boats, trailers and equipment before you launch and again after.

• Drain water from bilges and livewells at the ramp before leaving.

• Dry trailers, boats, equipment and storage areas thoroughly before using them in a different body of water.

• Dispose of unused bait in the trash.

• Don’t transfer live fish to water bodies, other than where they were originally caught.

• Disinfect livewells and bilges with a bleach solution comprised of one-half cup of bleach to 5 gallons of water

Michigan laws prohibit placing a boat, trailer or other boating equipment into state waters with plant material attached.

For more information on the importance of cleaning boats and equipment to prevent aquatic invasive species, check out the video above created by the Michigan Sea Grant program, with support from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

UP State Fair seeking vounteers for park

ESCANABA – With Michigan’s annual U.P. State Fair is right around the corner, Aug. 11-17 in Escanaba, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for avid hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts interested in lending a hand to share their skills with a new generation.

At the DNR’s Pocket Park, found just past gate No. 1 at the fairgrounds, volunteers will join DNR staff during the state fair to help kids learn to fish, shoot a pellet gun or take aim with a bow and arrow.

“Volunteers are instrumental in providing this fun, outdoor recreation opportunity for thousands of kids and their families each year, and their dedication to this program is greatly appreciated,” said Janet Canode, education specialist with the DNR’s Marketing and Outreach Division. “We hear from our volunteers and other customers how important it is to reach out to youth to instill an appreciation for Michigan’s great outdoors at a young age. I can’t think of a better way to do that than spending a few hours with kids, sharing your knowledge and helping them get started the right way.”

Pocket Park volunteer shifts are available during each day of the fair. All volunteers will receive a free lunch and commemorative T-shirt for their help. Volunteers will need to pass a DNR background check before participating.

To sign up or learn more about volunteering with the DNR at the U.P. State Fair, contact Janet Canode at (517) 284-6033 or canodej@michigan.gov. The deadline to sign up for a volunteer shift is July 31.

MDOT plans to begin Cut River Bridge work

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin restoration of the historic ornamental sandstone facing on the US-2 Cut River Bridge on July 21.

The project will require some intermittent lane closures under flag control to maintain two-way traffic in alternating directions.

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