Dedicated project boundaries

  • Encompass state forests, state game areas, state wildlife areas, state parks and state recreation areas and include current state-managed land and privately owned land that may be a priority for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to acquire in the future
  • Internal planning tool used to consolidate state land ownership and serve to guide public land ownership.
  • Focus ownership and future land acquisition and disposition on priority areas, to ensure quality recreation opportunities, and to protect Michigan’s unique features and resources.
  • It is especially important to improve efficiency of state land management by consolidating ownership, establishing easily recognizable ownership boundaries, and reducing the likelihood of private encroachment.
  • Project boundaries are reviewed and updated periodically to reflect changing priorities and land ownership patterns such as land subdivision and development.
  • The project boundaries updated in 2020 ensure that the most current public land ownership priorities are included.
  • The dedicated project boundaries do not encompass state trails, DNR facilities, developed boating access sites, and all public water access sites.
  • Lands may be purchased outside of a dedicated project boundary as needed to fulfill the DNR’s mission. Acquisition considerations for land outside of the project boundaries include:
    • Parcels needed to augment trails or boat access sites.
    • Parcels needed to create new trails or water access sites in priority areas.
    • Smaller parcels needed to gain access to blocks of state land for management purposes or to gain public access.
    • Large, adjacent parcels that offer exceptional natural resources, critical habitat or recreational potential.
    • Exchanges and acquisitions where state land ownership patterns are improved through acquiring lands outside of boundaries.
    • Parcels where rights in land are consolidated or unified to benefit the state.
    • Establishing new project areas in areas of the state with minimal public lands.
    • Parcels that fulfill DNR objectives or initiatives.