Department of Natural Resources
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has two 20-member citizens’ advisory councils in the Upper Peninsula, which were created in 2007 and first convened the following year. The two councils (east and west) are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive, and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies. Members represent a wide spectrum of natural resource and recreation interests from hunters, boaters and off-road vehicle riders, to foresters, birdwatchers and skiers.
For more information on the councils, contact Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator, at 906-226-1331.
The Eastern Upper Peninsula Advisory Council draws its membership from Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac and Chippewa counties. The council’s western U.P. counterpart represents the remaining 10 counties in the region — Marquette, Delta, Dickinson, Menominee, Baraga, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton and Keweenaw.
Applications are accepted at any time from interested citizens to sit on the councils (must be a resident of the Upper Peninsula to apply). Applications are reviewed if/when openings occur. The application form should be filled out in full and returned to the address on the form.
Public citizens can ask to be placed on the Council agenda to provide comment on an issue for an upcoming Council meeting, but must do so at least five (5) days prior to the meeting by contacting Kristi Dahlstrom at 906-228-6561 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If public citizens are placed on the agenda, they will have a maximum of five (5) minutes to provide comment.
Public citizens may also provide comment on the day of the Council meeting by filling out a public comment card when they arrive. They will receive a maximum of three (3) minutes to provide comment.