2007-10-04 / Outdoors

DNR reschedules Higgins meeting on recreation plan

Because of the possibility of a partial shutdown of state government, the Department of Natural Resources rescheduled two public workshops, including one at Higgins Lake, originally scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5 on the draft 2008- 2012 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

The Oct. 4 workshop in Marquette was rescheduled for Oct. 16, and the Oct. 5 workshop scheduled for the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center at Higgins Lake was rescheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the conference center.

Three downstate meetings will be held as scheduled later this month.

To comply with Michigan's participation in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, in which the state makes funds available to local units of government and other public agencies to acquire land and develop facilities for outdoor recreation, the DNR must update its statewide recreation plan.

The public workshops will give the DNR an opportunity to present the draft 2008-12 SCORP and to provide anyone interested in outdoor recreation issues in Michigan a chance to offer feedback and suggestions on the plan.

The workshops are open to the public and no advance registration is necessary.

The draft SCORP is available on the DNR web site and in hard copy format at the workshop sessions. To access the draft plan online, go to www.michigan.gov/ dnr under "Spotlight," and comments may be submitted online as well. If a person cannot attend one of the workshops, they can submit comments online or can mail them to DNR Grants Management, P.O. Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909.

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