2010-10-14 / News

Citizens sought for DNRE advisory councils

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is accepting applications from Michigan residents with an interest in the state’s natural resources and environment to participate in Citizens’ Advisory Councils (CACs) in the Lower Peninsula.

Already successfully working with CACs in the Upper Peninsula, the DNRE is seeking to create four additional councils: two in the Lake Michigan watershed region (which includes Roscommon County) and two in the Lake Huron watershed region. Each council will include approximately 20 members. The department plans to create a council to serve the Lake Erie watershed region in the near future. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 25.

“Michigan is home to some of the most knowledgeable, experienced and avid outdoorsmen and women found anywhere in the country. It’s critical that we continue to enlist their help in our efforts to plan for the future health and sustainability of our natural resources and environment,” said DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries. “Citizens’ Advisory Councils play a key role in the department’s management plans for the U.P. We have every expectation they will do the same for the Lake Michigan and Huron regions.”

The Citizens’ Advisory Councils are designed to advise the DNRE on regional programs and policies; identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive; and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies. In return, Humphries said the citizen advisors gain a greater understanding of DNRE programs, priorities, administrative processes and limitations in a broader context – an understanding that will help council members better convey the department’s position and plans to the members of the communities in which they live and work.

An application, information about the application and selection process, and a map of the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron regions can be found at www.michigan. gov/lpcac. To read more about how the DNRE’s Upper Peninsula CACs operate, visit www.michigan.gov/upcac.

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