Keep, exchange or sell?

Public feedback on land review in nearly a dozen counties due Feb. 8

LANSING – Recommendations on whether to keep, exchange or sell state-managed land in 11 counties are nearing DNR director approval, but there’s still plenty of time to review and share feedback.

The counties in this stage of the DNR’s ongoing state land review process include Alger, Allegan, Barry, Bay, Gladwin, Lake, Midland, Montmorency, Presque Isle, Schoolcraft and Wexford.

The updated, interactive web map reflects the latest staff recommendations since the initial public comment period closed, making it easy for people to see what has changed. The state land review was implemented as part of the 2013 Managed Public Land Strategy; during review, staff evaluates DNR-managed lands that are 200 acres or less in size or that, due to an irregular boundary, may be difficult to manage.

“This county-by-county review process gives us the opportunity to evaluate and make decisions about how well the current land portfolio supports our mission of protecting natural resources while providing broad public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities,” said DNR forest land administrator Kerry Heckman. “It’s critical that people who enjoy and use these lands are part of the discussion, and we appreciate everyone who has taken the time to get involved so far.”

Comments left on the interactive web map or emailed to DNR-StateLandReview@Michigan. gov by Feb. 8 will be compiled and provided to the DNR director. A final decision on recommendations is expected at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

For the latest on the state land review process, visit or contact Scott Whitcomb at (231) 373-3007.

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