Process overview

Public Land Strategy Sprint Team

The goal of the public land strategy sprint team is to comply with the requirements of PA 240 of 2018, which requires the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to create an updated strategic plan for the 4.6 million acres of public lands and 6.4 million acres of mineral rights the DNR manages.

Where we are

  • The current land strategy, created in 2013 and approved by the Legislature and adopted by the governor in 2018, expires in 2021.
  • The sprint team has assessed the 2013 strategy and is evaluating which components – including the goals, strategies and measurable objectives – should be kept, modified or removed and why. This will form the base for creating the updated strategy for 2021.
  • Notification about the current efforts has been provided to tribal entities and via virtual meetings with stakeholders, while notifications to a comprehensive list of stakeholder organizations are underway.

Moving forward the sprint team will:

  • Establish documentation and a communication plan.
  • Ensure a comprehensive revised strategy by engaging residents through multiple methods, including press releases, email notifications, public meetings, presentations and regional stakeholder meetings that will include conservation organizations, friends groups, industry, state and local units of government, the public, tribal entities, and internal DNR staff.
  • Start review of public lands ownership.
  • Begin writing the new public land strategy based on stakeholder engagement. 

Benefits of project completion

An updated public land strategy will highlight the value of a robust public land base. It will provide measurable goals, strategies and objectives to guide the DNR in protecting and preserving our state’s natural and cultural resources, providing spaces for quality outdoor recreation opportunities and promoting natural resources management in Michigan.

Timeline

Updated land strategy must be submitted to the Michigan Legislature for consideration and approval by July 1, 2021.