Partnerships in helping to manage public lands

  • Successful management of public land depends on collaboration and partnerships with local units of governments, regional planning organizations, land conservancies and other critical partners.
  • Partners facilitate the accomplishment of common goals, help with land management and maintenance, and assist with providing quality recreational opportunities.
  • To further its mission, the DNR looks to partners to accomplish things that cannot be done alone.
  • Partnerships to manage public land are memorialized through leases, agreements, or memorandums of understanding.
  • Examples include partnering with other units of government that own or manage adjoining or nearby land such as Michigan’s newest state park, Watkins Lake State Park (jointly managed by Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission), Holly Oaks ORV Park (jointly managed Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission), or the nearly 10,000-acre Menominee River State Recreation Area (jointly managed by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources).
  • Partners also include other state agencies in Michigan such as the Michigan Department of Transportation. The DNR and MDOT work together to take advantage of abandoned railroad corridors by purchasing them and converting them to recreational trails.

Land conservancies are important partners who often facilitate the acquisition of priority parcels. Conservancies have the ability to quickly acquire priority parcels for later transfer to the DNR. They also are instrumental at providing information necessary for the acquisition process and often have relationships with local landowners.

Conservancies provide additional assistance through fundraising, obtaining necessary appraisals and title work for priority projects and by holding conservation easements.