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Virtual meetings to discuss public lands in Livingston and ten other counties

Public lands in Livingston and nine other counties in Michigan will be the subject of upcoming virtual meetings to discuss a review by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The DNR has completed its review of the counties, which also include Delta, Kent, Menominee, Montcalm, Oakland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Saginaw and Tuscola, as part its multiyear state land review process and is determining which parcels best meet its goal of delivering broad public access to quality outdoor recreation opportunities, while also protecting natural and cultural resources on those lands.

The public is invited to participate in virtual meetings June 15 and 16 to share their input on the outcomes of that review

Scott Whitcomb, director of the DNR’s Office of Public Lands, said the agency “set out to carefully evaluate the more than 20,000 acres set for review in the 10 counties, and then either retain them as being important to the DNR mission, protect them through conservation partners, trade to consolidate state ownership or make them available for sale to the public through auction.”

Whitcomb said the classification label for each parcel may be based, in part, on the natural or cultural resources present on the land; how the land is used, accessed or managed; and whether the land contributes to the department’s mission.

You’ll find additional details and information on accessing the virtual meetings HERE

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