Department of Natural Resources
July 1, 2021
|The title - "The Power of Public Lands: Your resources. Our commitment. Michigan's legacy." - says it all.
The strategy was developed over the past 18 months through a collaborative process that included multiple opportunities for the public and stakeholders statewide to get involved and help shape the final document. The new land strategy will be implemented between 2021 and 2027, following consideration and approval by the Legislature, and sets priorities and guides actions for the best use of this large DNR-managed public land base to benefit Michigan residents and visitors and the state's natural resources.
Goals outlined in the public land strategy include:
|"These goals are important to the health and well-being of Michigan residents - the people who own these public lands - as well as to the quality of life in our state, and our heritage and identity as Michiganders," said Scott Whitcomb, DNR senior advisor for wildlife and public lands.
Thoughtful, responsible management of Michigan's public lands yields many important results:
The public land strategy provides a wealth of additional information on why public lands matter. It also includes details about the history of DNR-managed public lands, tools the DNR employs to manage a large public land base and a strategic approach to land acquisitions.
This updated land strategy seeks to align and leverage divisional and departmentwide strategies and priorities to set a comprehensive, coherent direction for the DNR to effectively manage the public lands that set Michigan apart today and years into the future.
More information about the strategy and DNR-managed public lands can be found at Michigan.gov/PublicLands.
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Strategy_cover: A new strategy sets priorities and guides actions for 4.6 million acres of Department of Natural Resources-managed public lands.
Trail: The new DNR land strategy helps ensure the best use of state forests, parks, trails, game and wildlife areas, and other public lands to benefit Michigan residents and visitors and the state's natural resources.