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DNR’s U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils to meet jointly March 3

MARQUETTE—From the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the fund’s impact on the U.P. to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ response to chronic wasting disease and the DNR’s Good Neighbor Authority agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, there will be plenty to consider at a joint March 3 meeting of the DNR’s Eastern and Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Councils.
    The meeting will be from 5:30-8 p.m. EST (4:30-7 p.m. CST) at the Marquette Township Community Center, located at 1000 Commerce Drive in Marquette Township.
    The two panels, with a combined total of 39 council members, meet once each year in a joint session in the centrally-located Marquette area.
    Additional agenda items include a post deer season wrap-up and DNR division updates.
    The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, see www.michigan.gov/upcac).
    The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR 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.
    The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests.
    Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.
    Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the application form found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/upcac.
    For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office in Marquette at 906-226-1331.