Michigan Department of Natural Resources

DNR warns of electrocution on water-swollen lakes

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INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says current high water levels increase the risk of electric shock drowning. 

Interlochen Public Radio’s Dan Wanschura reports that’s when a person comes into contact with an electric current in the water.

That electric current is caused by faulty or exposed wiring from boats and docks.

Things like frayed electrical cords or household extension cords that aren’t meant for use on the water.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Some of Michigan's trees are likely to suffer attacks from leaf-munching gypsy moths in the coming weeks. 

The Department of Natural Resources says the invasive pest caused widespread defoliation in the state from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

The moth feasts on foliage during its caterpillar stage. Officials say lots of caterpillars are hatching this spring.

Leaf loss has been reported in Barry, Ionia and Washtenaw counties. The problem is expected to spread.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Research crews are conducting fish population surveys on Michigan's Great Lakes waters this summer and fall. 

The state Department of Natural Resources says the teams are working from vessels based in Alpena, Charlevoix, Macomb County's Harrison Township and Marquette.

The research vessel Tanner focuses on Lake Huron, Saginaw Bay and the St. Marys River and their lake trout, walleye and forage fish populations. The Channel Cat studies walleye, yellow perch and lake sturgeon on Lakes St. Clair and Erie.

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LANSING, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is giving residents around the state a “three-fer.” 

The DNR has brought back its “Three Free" weekend—two days when anyone can grab a fishing pole, ride off-road trails, and visit state parks, all free of charge.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering grants to local and tribal governments, nonprofit groups and others interested in improving dwelling places for wildlife. 

About $1 million is available this year under the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program. Each grant will be worth at least $15,000. The recipient must match 10% of the state funding.

The program was started in 2013 and is funded through sales of Michigan hunting and fishing licenses.

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LAKE LINDEN, MI--   Washouts have forced the closure of a portion of ORV trail in Houghton County. 

The Department of Natural Resources says a section of the Lake Linden trail from Normand Road to Lake Linden is closed indefinitely until repairs can be made.

Officials say a failed culvert created the washouts. The problem has been elevated on a priority list of replacement and repair projects slated to be undertaken this summer.

For the latest on this and other closures go to Michigan.gov/DNRclosures.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is moving one of its public listening sessions from Alger County to Menominee County.

DNR officials will hear public comment on proposed deer regulation changes in the Upper Peninsula because of Chronic Wasting Disease. Recommended changes include a deer baiting and feeding ban in a Core CWD Surveillance Area, which includes portions of Menominee, Dickinson and Delta counties. The zone surrounds the farm where a deer tested positive for the deadly disease in October 2018.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation authorizing $26 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants.

The bill approves funding for 64 recreation development projects and land purchases recommended by the Trust Fund board.

The board recommended $18.6 million in acquisition grants and nearly $7.4 million in recreation development grants.

Of the recommended development grant funding, $6.8 million would support 30 local government projects and $540,000 would support four DNR projects.

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MANISTIQUE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is providing funds for a project to remove the Manistique Paper dam in Schoolcraft County.

The $3 million in supplemental funding comes from the DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program. The program assists with the removal or repair of deteriorating dams that threaten public safety and the habitats of fish and other aquatic species.

Officials say the Manistique Paper dam is deteriorated and no longer provides a functional barrier to the invasive sea lamprey.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials have selected eight projects to share a combined $1.25 million in grants for restoring fish populations and improving aquatic ecosystems. 

The Department of Natural Resources chose the winners from among 24 applicants.

Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter says degraded habitat threatens fish around the state.

The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program is funded by revenues from fishing and hunting license fees.