Goal: Promote responsible natural resource management

Statewide Strategies

Strategy 1:

Be a leader in establishing the mass timber (using engineered wood to build large or tall buildings) industry in Michigan.

  • Measurable objective 1: Complete an analysis to determine what type of new state of Michigan facilities could be good candidates for mass timber construction in the future.
  • Measurable objective 2: Host a mass timber summit and commit to continuing efforts to provide education, outreach and networking to the timber industry, construction industry and other entities regarding mass timber construction opportunities in Michigan.

Strategy 2:

Contribute to a strong and thriving outdoor recreation industry by marketing the abundance of recreation opportunities available on DNR-managed public lands.

  • Measurable objective 1: Maintain an easy to use website for the public to find recreation opportunities.
  • Measurable objective 2: Make information available for other entities to leverage and promote DNR-managed public lands for recreation.
  • Measurable objective 3: Highlight DNR-managed public lands and their recreation opportunities on social media, specifically focusing lesser-known activities that are becoming more popular, for example, trout trails, bird watching, geocaching and adventure racing.
  • Measurable objective 4: Track resident and nonresident state park visitation annually and complete an analysis on the results to help determine where strategic, targeted marketing will be most effective.
  • Measurable objective 5: Partner with the outdoor recreation industry to offer classes, guided hikes, equipment demonstrations and other activities on DNR-managed public lands.
  • Measurable objective 6: Work with the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation/Pure Michigan to promote Michigan’s many attributes that support thriving recreation industries.
  • Measurable objective 7: Establish and maintain a public-facing map that shows DNR-managed state land ownership.

Strategy 3:

Where appropriate, continue to make DNR-managed public lands and facilities available destinations for outdoor recreation events.

  • Measurable objective 1: Work with the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry to market the opportunity for outdoor recreation events to be held on DNR-managed public lands.
  • Measurable objective 2: Track the number of use permits granted on an annual basis to evaluate the use of DNR-managed lands for outdoor recreation events.

Strategy 4:

Ensure that state-owned mineral ownership is transparent to both the minerals industry and the public.

  • Measurable objective 1: Develop an online tool for the public and industry to access DNR land and mineral ownership records and documents.

Strategy 5:

Examine the potential for using renewable energy at DNR facilities and lands while considering other values including protection of natural and cultural resources, public recreation and resource management.

  • Measurable objective 1: Identify appropriate sites on state land for renewable energy development.
  • Measurable objective 2: Market identified sites for potential renewable energy development.

Strategy 6:

Identify and address opportunities for climate change mitigation associated with natural resources management on state lands.

  • Measurable objective 1: Conduct a pilot project to determine the potential for state lands to sequester carbon (the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide) and market the carbon offset credits (credits generated by activities that reduce or destroy greenhouse gases).
  • Measurable objective 2: Participate in a multi-state research project looking at forest management practices as they relate to carbon sequestration.

Upper Peninsula

Strategy 1:

Sustainably manage and protect state forest land for the people of Michigan.

  • Measurable objective 1: Inventory 10% of the state forest annually.
  • Measurable objective 2: Complete and implement a rewrite of the Regional State Forest Management Plans that guide sustainable harvest, reforestation work, habitat values and recreation.

Strategy 2:

Maintain annual dual third-party forest certification on the state forest system (as outlined in Part 525 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act).

  • Measurable objective 1: Maintain 1.9 million acres of state forest land as certified.
  • Measurable objective 2: Conduct annual management reviews for continual improvement.
  • Measurable objective 3: Conduct effectiveness monitoring to ensure that forest management is having the expected and desired outcomes.

Strategy 3:

Cultivate a “sense of place” on DNR-managed public lands.

  • Measurable objective 1: Re-brand the state forest system using more identifiable/descriptive names based on the identity of the area. For example, the Baraga Forest Management Unit could be known as the Copper Country State Forest.
  • Measurable objective 2: Create awareness, offer technical assistance and provide guidance to communities about DNR lands, facilities and programs.

Strategy 4:

Facilitate responsible metallic and nonmetallic mineral development through leasing activities.

  • Measurable objective 1: Process lease requests as appropriate through auctions or direct lease applications.

Northern Lower Peninsula

Strategy 1:

Sustainably manage and protect state forest land for the people of Michigan.

  • Measurable objective 1: Inventory 10% of the state forest annually.
  • Measurable objective 2: Complete and implement a rewrite of the Regional State Forest Management Plans that guide sustainable harvest, reforestation work, habitat values and recreation.

Strategy 2:

Maintain annual dual third-party forest certification on the state forest system (as outlined in Part 525 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act).

  • Measurable objective 1: Maintain 2 million acres of state forest land as certified.
  • Measurable objective 2: Conduct annual management reviews for continual improvement.
  • Measurable objective 3: Conduct effectiveness monitoring to ensure that forest management is having the expected and desired outcomes.

Strategy 3:

Cultivate a “sense of place” on state lands.

  • Measurable objective 1: Re-brand the state forest system using more identifiable/descriptive names based on the identity of the area. For example, the Cadillac Forest Management Unit could be known as the Pere Marquette State Forest.
  • Measurable objective 2: Create awareness, offer technical assistance, and provide guidance to communities about DNR lands, facilities and programs.

Strategy 4:

Facilitate responsible oil and gas, nonmetallic mineral, and underground gas storage development through leasing activities.

  • Measurable objective 1: Continue to hold regular oil and gas lease auctions to make leasable DNR-managed public lands available for production.
  • Measurable objective 2: Process lease requests as appropriate through auctions or direct lease applications.

Southern Lower Peninsula

Strategy 1:

Support forest habitat projects on state game areas through sustainable forest management.

  • Measurable objective 1: Test the feasibility of forest certification for forests within state game areas.

Strategy 2:

Cultivate a “sense of place” on state lands

  • Measurable objective 1: Create awareness, offer technical assistance, and provide guidance to communities about DNR lands, facilities and programs.

Strategy 3:

Facilitate responsible oil and gas, nonmetallic mineral, and underground gas storage development through leasing activities.

  • Measurable objective 1: Continue to hold regular oil and gas lease auctions to make leasable DNR-managed public lands available for production.
  • Measurable objective 2: Process lease requests as appropriate through auctions or direct lease applications.