Munising, Michigan – Earlier this summer Munising was selected by the Detroit Institute of Art to participate in the DIA Inside/Out program. Over the history of the program Mackinac Island was chosen to host it and Munising was lucky enough to be chosen as the first community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to host the exhibit. The exhibit includes 15 high-quality reproductions of well-known works of art from the DIA’s permanent collection that have been placed throughout downtown Munising for a walking tour. The exhibit will remain in Munising until approximately October 23. We invite you to come and experience this beautiful collection in downtown Munising.

DIA Inside Out Munising Flier 2017

DIA Inside Out Munising Flier 2017

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call.
DIA Inside Out Munising Flier
Greater Munising Bay Partnership for Commerce Development/
Alger County Chamber of Commerce

Report shows visitor spending supports 474 jobs in local economy

Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and our surrounding communities welcomed 777,428 visitors to the area in 2016.  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that these visitors spent $33,598,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 474 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $34,354,100.

“Pictured Rocks NL and our partner communities welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said acting Superintendent John Madden. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. The park is also a way to introduce our visitors to the Upper Peninsula and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning more than $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service.  The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.

According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).

Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Michigan and how the National Park Service works with Michigan communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/michigan.

Munising, MI – The Munising Ranger Districts of the Hiawatha National Forest are proposing a project called the Au Train Public Access, Parking, and Rehabilitation Project, located within Alger County, Michigan.

The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to analyze and disclose the environmental impacts of proposed activities and corresponding alternatives within the project area. The primary purpose of the project is to move the project area toward the 2006 Hiawatha Forest Plan Forest-wide and Management Area direction. The project is proposed to address needs and opportunities identified by both the Forest Service and local community. Those needs and opportunities include; increasing public safety, improving public access and parking, decreasing erosion and river sedimentation, improving sanitation, reducing litter, providing sustainable picnic/gathering areas and improving forest health and vigor while reducing fire fuel loads.

A project open house will be hosted by the Forest on April 19, 2017 at the Au Train Township Hall from 5-7 p.m. Forest Service personnel will be on hand to answer questions and accept comment on the proposal.

Comments must be submitted by April 28, 2017. Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.25, only individuals or entities (as defined by 36 CFR 218.2) who submit timely and specific written comments (as defined by 36 CFR 218.2) about this proposed project or activity during this or another public comment period established by the responsible official for this project will be eligible to file an objection. Other eligibility requirements are defined by 36 CFR 218.25 (a)(3) and include name, postal address, title of the project and signature or other verification of identity upon request and the identity of the individual or entity who authored the comments. Individual members of an entity as defined in 36 CFR 218.2 must submit their own individual comments in order to have eligibility to object as an individual.

Comments should be within the scope of the proposed action, have a direct relationship to the proposed action, and must include supporting reasons for the Responsible Official to consider (36 CFR 218.2). Comments will be used to identify relevant issues, display environmental effects, and/or develop a range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. A “No Action” alternative will also be analyzed.

The preferred method to submit comments is by email: electronically to the Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA) database at:

https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=49226.

Alternatively, send hard copy comments to District Ranger Charles Marsh, USFS, c/o Au Train River Project, 400 E. Munising Ave., MI 49862 or fax to (906) 387-2070.

For additional information contact Becky Cain, West Zone Recreation Planner, Hiawatha National Forest, 906-387-2512 ext 38 (voice), or go to the HIF website at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/hiawatha/landmanagement/projects.

GLADSTONE, MI (September 23, 2016) – The Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to remove hazardous fuels, improve the timber stand, and restore wildlife habitat on 57 acres around McKeever Cabin. McKeever cabin overlooks McKeever Lake on National Forest System land approximately 14 miles south of Munising, Michigan.

The Forest Service would thin trees and brush with hand tools and prescribed burning. The project is being analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additional information regarding this project, including maps, are available on the Hiawatha National Forest website at http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hiawatha/projects.

Please submit specific comments or concerns about this project to one of the following by October 7, 2016.

  • To: Matt Dickinson, West Zone NEPA Planner
  • Mail or In Person: Munising Ranger District 400 E Munising Avenue Munising, Michigan 49862

Office hours, for those who wish to hand deliver their comments or provide them orally, are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday (except Federal holidays). Oral comments must be provided at the office or by telephone during those hours. Acceptable formats for electronic comments are text or html email, Adobe portable document format, and formats viewable in Microsoft Office applications. It is the responsibility of the sender to ensure timely receipt of any comments submitted. Comments that are received on this proposal are part of the public record and therefore, are available for public inspection upon request. The USDA Forest Service is an Equal Opportunity Organization.

Seney, Michigan – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Seney Natural History Association, invites you to participate in the 27th annual Children’s Fishing Day Saturday, June 25th at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Anglers age 1-16 should register at the Visitor Center before fishing. The registration table will open at 9:00 a.m. Fish entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Fishing with non-lead tackle is allowed from the shore along the Fishing Loop, Show Pools, at C-3 Pool, and in designated rivers. Fishing stations will be set up along the Refuge’s Fishing Loop. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait are available for participants to use at these stations. Activities and games for the whole family begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center including arts, crafts, games, and more. Certificates will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners for largest perch and pike in four age categories. Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded by random drawing. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located off M-77, five miles south of Seney, or two miles north of Germfask. For more information contact Seney National Wildlife Refuge at (906) 586-9851 x 15.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge  2016 General Calendar

Photo Tours – Thursdays June, July & August – to 11am

Meet with other photographers to explore the refuge, look for great shots and share photos and skills. You should have a working knowledge of your equipment and come prepared for a variety of weather and bug conditions.

Wildlife Wednesdays – Wednesday Nights June, July & August – 7 to 9:30pm

Join an evening guided auto tour of the Refuge backcountry. We’ll be looking for a variety of wildlife and sharing Refuge history and management practices along the way.

Duck Stamp Exhibit – August 7 to 28

Regular Visitor Center hours 9:00am-5:00pm Would you like to see some of the nation’s premier wildlife art in person? The Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit brings award-winning original wildlife art to Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit features the top entries as judged in the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest as well as pieces from the The Junior Duck Stamp Art Tour.

Children’s Fishing Day – Saturday, June 25 – 9am to 3pm

Anglers ages 16 and under are welcome.To participate, register at the Visitor Center before fishing. Activities and games begin at noon. in the Visitor Center and include arts and crafts, games, and activities. Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded by random drawing. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

Photo Contest – Last day to enter is August 31

The purpose of the contest is to encourage you to visit and enjoy the Refuge. When on display for voting the entries create an incredible array of Refuge experiences.

Morning Tours – Mondays and Fridays, July 8 – August 29 – 10am for 1 to 2 1/2 hours

Join us for a guided tour of the Refuge. We will be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing information on the animals we see, the history of the Refuge and current management practices.

Additional Pools Open to Fishing – September 5th to 30th

Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? If you love to fish don’t miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pools that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through September 30 annually. Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only.

Fall Color Float – Saturday, October 1 -11am

Join our staff for a 4-5 hour canoe/kayak trip down the Manistique River. Boat rentals are available locally. Preregistration is required. Call for details.

Youth In the Outdoors – Saturday, October 8 – 9am to 4pm

There will be several different activities to choose from including mini sessions, long sessions, and half day sessions. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to seney@fws.gov to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in August. A $5 registration fee are required.

National Wildlife Refuge Week – Week of October 9 to 15

Lace up your hiking shoes, strap on your bike helmet, grab your binoculars, launch your boat in the river, drive your car…. whatever your passion, come to the Refuge and enjoy your great outdoors!

MUNISING, MI – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s 2016 “Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach” orientation and training session will be held Saturday, May 28 from 9 am to 10 am.  It will be held at Miners Castle, located approximately 6.5 miles east of Munising on H-58, then north on Miners Castle Road 5 miles.

Under this program, interested individuals or groups can adopt a section of trail, backcountry campsite or beach segment. Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will be asked to visit their section of trail, campsite or beach once a month from May through October for light maintenance duties including picking up litter, light brushing, cleaning out water bars, and breaking up illegal fire rings. The park will provide a VIP uniform vest and ball cap, basic tools, gloves, and written guidelines on the work to be performed.

With over 100 miles of trail and 14 designated backcountry campsites, we are so grateful to the citizen-stewards that participated in this program last year, and encourage even more local citizens to become partners with us in taking care of this very special place.

The park’s trail network has 37 sections that are available for “adoption”.  Adoptable sections range from trails that are easily accessible and less than a tenth of a mile to a section of the North Country Trail that is 5.3 miles long.  There is something for every ability and level of interest.

This will be the tenth year for this program and it has been very successful. We have a lot of very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who love to hike and are happy to do some work along the way, and we hope they will be back with us this year. Most of all we want people to have fun and enjoy their time spent in the park. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to be a part of conserving America’s first national lakeshore.

If you are interested in participating in the program, but can’t attend the 5/28 meeting , please call (or email) Ron Jones or Susan Reece at 906-387-2607 ext. 208

WETMORE, Mich. – An event will be held at the Forest Glen General Store on Aug. 17 to commemorate the recent completion of a preventative maintenance project along Federal Forest Highway 13 in Alger County. The 12.5-mile-long, $346,000 pavement preservation project will improve the service life, increase the pavement friction, and provide new pavement markings, enhancing safety.

Who: State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; Alger County Road Commission officials; and Munising Township officials.

What: Casperson will join local officials to discuss the importance of the route’s preservation, as well as the federal grant funding, state of Michigan matching funds, and matching funds from Munising Township.

When: Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.

Where: Forest Glen General Store 7445 NF-13 Wetmore, MI

Seney, Michigan- The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Seney Natural History Association, invites you to participate in the 26th annual Children’s Fishing Day Saturday, June 27th at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Anglers age 1-16 should register at the Visitor Center before fishing. The registration table will open at 9:00 a.m. Fish entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Fishing with non-lead tackle is allowed from the shore along the Fishing Loop, Show Pools, at C-3 Pool, and in designated rivers. Fishing stations will be set up along the Refuge’s Fishing Loop. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait are available for participants to use at these stations. Activities and games for the whole family begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center including arts, crafts, games, and more. Certificates will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners for largest perch and pike in four age categories. Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded by random drawing. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

We would like to thank the following businesses/organizations for their generous support.

Seney- Seney Party Store, Seney Snowmobile Association. McMillan- R&M Sport and Bait. Germfask- Northland Outfitters, Big Cedar Campground, Jolly Inn, Town Hall. Curtis- The Trading Post, Lion’s Club, Fish and Hunt Shop, Mick’s Bait Shop. Marquette- Superior Outfitters, Getz, Donkers, Shopko, T.J. Maxx. Munising- Madigan’s ACE Hardware, Holiday Station 155, Bob’s IGA. Manistique- Top O’ Lakes Sports Shop. Wetmore- Shopko. Newberry- Snyder’s Drug Store. The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located off M-77, five miles south of Seney, or two miles north of Germfask.

For more information contact Seney National Wildlife Refuge at (906) 586-9851 x 15.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about Seney National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/seney/ or connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seneyrefuge.

AuTrain Hydro Open House May 30th

AuTrain, MI – Renewable World Energies will be holding an Open House event at their AuTrain Hydroelectric facility Saturday May 30th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tours of the Dam and Power Plant facilities will be given (rain or shine) and refreshments will be served. Parking is available. AuTrain Hydro Dam is located 7.5 miles south of AuTrain, Michigan along M94 approximately 4 miles east of the M67 / M94 intersection.

The Public is welcome.

Munising, Michigan Radio –  Shifting sands along the shoreline of Lake Superior have built up to effectively impede the launching of trailered watercraft at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s Sand Point boat access site.  In the past, the park has removed accumulated sand when necessary.  Management actions to maintain the site are currently being reviewed for compliance with state and federal regulations and adherence to National Park Service management policies.  This access site is identified in the park’s General management Plan, and the park intends to maintain it as a shallow water access site, providing free public access to Lake Superior for watercraft that are appropriately sized to utilize the location.

Superintendent Mike Pflaum says “We are aware of the public concern with the Sand Point boat access maintenance and we are carefully considering how to proceed. We want to ensure that our actions are in compliance with law and policy and that the outstanding natural resources of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are well protected. We expect to have a plan developed by May 15.”

While this process is taking place, the Sand Point access site is open to public use, although trailered watercraft will have difficulty launching due to significant sand accumulation and at times may not be able to successfully launch.

Munising, MI – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 527,897 visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2014 spent $21,906,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 312 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $22,175,200.

“Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mike Pflaum. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally, with 235, 6000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Michigan and how the National Park Service works with Michigan communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/michigan.

Munising, MI – Laura Rotegard, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Rotegard, currently the Superintendent of Albright Training Center in the Grand Canyon, begins her new assignment May 17, 2015.

“We are proud to have Laura as the next superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,” stated Midwest Regional Director Cameron Sholly. “Her ability to achieve positive results and her proven dedication to the National Park Service will be a tremendous asset to the visitors, communities and the park staff.” Sholly added, “Laura is respected throughout the agency for her work in resource protection and as an inclusive leader who has fostered productive partnerships with state parks, federal agencies, communities, schools and businesses.”

Rotegard said, “ I look forward to sustaining a collaborative management approach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that creates meaningful connections for our visitors while honoring this fascinating region of the Great Lakes. I am privileged to join the park staff, incredible park neighbors, partners and the gateway communities of northwest Michigan in preserving this special place.”

Rotegard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and completed the USDA, Executive Leadership Program. She began her NPS career at Grand Teton National Park as a maintenance seasonal employee overseeing contractual work funded by the Park Restoration and Improvement Program (PRIPS). She has also worked at Rocky Mountain National Park as an interpreter and Landscape Architect; as a Western Team Planner for six years with the Denver Service Center; Acting Superintendent at Women’s Rights National Historical Park; Superintendent at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site; and as the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first community planner and Management Assistant. It was at Blue Ridge Parkway she helped the parks eight-partnership organizations achieve greater productivity. As Superintendent of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana, she strengthened the entire operation of this working ranch to achieve better public service while lowering fixed costs.

Rotegard enjoys exploring the woods with her dogs and her husband, Bob Kraft. Both volunteer for and support creative and humanitarian ventures.

www.nps.gov

The Midwest Region encompasses 61 park areas in 13 states (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, and North and South Dakota), and has been headquartered in Omaha since the mid-1930s.

Laura Rotegard has been selected as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Laura Rotegard has been selected as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

The sight and sound of sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a lek (dancing/breeding ground) is one of nature’s true spectacles. Males stomp their feet as fast as they can, causing their tails to rattle. At the same time they inflate purple neck sacks, called gular, which produce a unique sound. Meanwhile the females sit back and watch carefully to select their mate. The romance is fleeting and the hen will be left to raise the young on her own. Couple this show with the early morning light of dawn and you have the backdrop for a wonderful and unforgettable morning.

As a citizen scientist you will be asked to hike one mile at first light to make it to the blind by dawn. Like the saying goes “The early bird gets the …” well in the grouse world we are going to have to say hen. After reaching the blind you will take weather readings then rest for a bit before you begin to count. For one hour you will count the dancing grouse and the non-dancing grouse for one minute every ten minutes. The rest of the time is yours to watch, photograph, or video tape the grouse. Stay as long as you like before you hike out again.

Participants are required to watch a video and pass a short quiz prior to participating in the survey. Several dates are still available! Because of the nature of the study, we will try to pair people up into teams if you do not have a partner. However, a partner is not required to participate. For more information visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/seney/events/STGR_survey.html or to sign up contact Sara Giles by email: Sara_Giles@fws.gov or call (906) 586-9851 x10.

The Marshland Bookstore is operated by SNHA, a non-profit organization that supports the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The bookstore is the primary source of income for SNHA. Net profits from bookstore sales are used to fund interns and various Refuge programs.
SNHA is searching for a bookstore manager who could spend 5-10 hours per week working at the Visitor Center during the open season (May 15 to October 20). A few off season hours would be required to order items in preparation for opening in the Spring and to conduct end of the season inventory. Prior business experience would be beneficial, but training will be provided.
Qualifications include some computer knowledge, good communication skills and a willingness to work well with Refuge staff, interns and volunteers.

Benefits: This is considered a volunteer position however a $1,200 stipend will be paid by SNHA.

Key Responsibilities:

· Learn Anthology (the point of sale & inventory control software that operates the cash register)

· Order items that meet established guidelines

· Receive items and enter in Anthology

· Prepare invoices to be paid by SNHA Treasurer

· Serve as co-chairman on the bookstore committee

· Report to the SNHA Board of Directors and the Refuge liaison

· Help increase profits

Interested applicants should contact: Tom Kenney, Seney Natural History Association President. Phone: (906) 748-0374 or email: tomkenney125@gmail.com

The mission of Seney Natural History Association is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the natural history and natural environment of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, by working in cooperation with refuge staff to support this mission.

The Seney Natural History Association (SNHA) is a non-profit organization that has helped fund programs at Seney National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Profits from the Visitor Center’s bookstore sales, membership dues and generous donations help the Association accomplish its mission.


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