Michigan DNR officials hosting open houses on forest management plans in Traverse City area

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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — State forestry officials are hosting open houses this week to provide information and receive public comments on plans for logging and other management activities in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled the programs for Tuesday at its Traverse City field office and Wednesday at its Kalkaska field office. Both begin at 3 p.m.

The plans deal with treatments of state forest land in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Manistee counties. Because the forests are inventoried two years in advance, the plans involve proposals for logging and planting that would take place in 2016.

DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest each year, gathering information for management plans. Among factors considered are tree health, wildlife and fisheries habitat, recreational use and wildfire potential.

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