Conservation officers honored for life-saving effortsThe DNR regularly honors those within its ranks who have reacted to emergency situations that might have otherwise had fatal consequences with the agency's "Lifesaving Award." Recently, four officers were honored at a Natural Resources Commission meeting, and the circumstances of their actions illustrate how broad the DNR conservation officers' experience really is.
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Duck Lake Fire: A year laterA year later, the forest is naturally recovering. Bracken fern, blueberry bushes, mushrooms and grasses have started to regrow. Pine seedlings are once again growing in the areas that were previously forested. Thanks to Mother Nature, the green is returning. To give her a hand in the process, Bill O'Neill said the DNR has evaluated and prioritized areas that needed planting efforts.
Exploring Michigan's Mining HeritageMining, once the largest industry in the Upper Peninsula, continues to have a significant impact on Michigan's economy and local communities in the U.P. Its deep heritage is evident at three iconic Michigan Historical Center sites: Fort Wilkins Historic Site at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum near Marquette, and Fayette Historic Townsite on the Garden Peninsula.
DNR advises leaving wildlife in the wildAs springtime brings an increase in sightings of baby animals, the Department of Natural Resources reminds Michigan that it's best to leave baby animals in the wild. Fawns and other baby animals may seem to be abandoned, but usually they're not, and they are better off left alone.
Restoring fish, flow in the St. Joseph River watershedIt took more than a century for humans to construct all the barriers in the St. Joseph River watershed. With help from a wide range of partners, the DNR has begun the process of reconnecting stream reaches and restoring fish populations in this major river system. Over time, fish movement in the St. Joseph River system will return to a more natural state of affairs.
Volunteers make Lake Hudson Recreation Area a better home for pheasants, other wildlifeMichigan's Pheasant Restoration Initiative got a boost recently as about a dozen volunteers from the Lake Hudson Pheasant Cooperative showed up to work with Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division employees to take out an overgrown fence row between two grassy fields at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The goal is to create a large block of habitat that will be more hospitable to pheasants and other grasslands residents as well.