DNR invites public to discuss plans for Genoa Township gravel extraction, tree seed orchard

Contact: Jason Hartman, 989-390-0279
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 1, 2021

Seed trees are planted among grassy pathways. The trees produce pine cones that are used to replant state forests. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Brighton High School to discuss plans to reclaim two parcels of land in Genoa Township for use as a tree seed orchard.

Steps in the plan include completing a timber sale that is in progress, contouring the land through a mineral lease, and then planting and maintaining trees on the property.

"We want to make sure people are aware of what the plans are, what the steps entail and how the project will provide long-term benefits both for the area and the state forests," said Jason Hartman, a DNR silviculturist who has been involved with the project since its inception.

The meeting will include a presentation regarding the property and work that is being done at the nearby Tree Improvement Center. Time will be reserved for public comment. People who want to speak will be asked to sign in, and individual comments will be limited to three minutes each.

The properties, between Brighton Road and Cunningham Lake Road, include a 50-acre parcel and a 77-acre parcel. Both were listed as surplus properties and destined for auction. But they're also near the DNR's Tree Improvement Center. The DNR has managed seed orchards to procure jack pine and red pine seeds at the Tree Improvement Center for about 50 years.

People who have questions are encouraged to submit them ahead of time through a dedicated email box at DNR-BrightonSeedOrchard@Michigan.gov.

Masking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is encouraged but not required at the meeting.

Informational meeting

What: The DNR will present proposed plans for two parcels of property in Genoa Township.

When/where: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts in Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Road.