The Department of Natural Resources’ Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council (CAC) will meet Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Luce Mackinac Alger Schoolcraft District Health Department building, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Rd., in Newberry.

Agenda items will include:

∙ DNR Division reports by staff

∙ Council discussion of DNR forest management activities

∙ Update on wolf management and wolf hunting proposal

∙ Update on proposed license fee increase package

∙ Council discussion of DNR revenue and recreation funding

∙ Public comment (for public comment instructions, see www.michigan.gov/upcac)

The Eastern Upper Peninsula and Western Upper Peninsula CACs are designed 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 stakeholders and interest groups. Agenda items are set by the council members, ­and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration. CAC meetings are open to the public and include opportunity for public comment.

If you would like to be considered as a future CAC member, please fill out the application form, found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/upcac, and fax to 906-228-9441 or mail to: DNR (Attn: CAC), 1990 US 41 S., Marquette, MI 49855. For more information, contact DNR Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator Stacy Welling Haughey at 906-228-6561.

Although this month’s temperatures have been anything but usual, normally August’s heat makes fishing for panfish slightly more difficult. But there are many things you can do to ensure better success when targeting these species (bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crappies, perch, white bass, etc.); including the following:

1. Find out where panfish are hiding as the temperatures heat up. The best thing to do is find their food source and cooler water. These fish will often head to the middle of the lake and to deep weedlines, as well as places like rock piles.
2. Head out early – say at sunrise – and get in a few hours of uninterrupted fishing. Dusk and after dark are also great times to fish for panfish.
3. Have a variety of bait options available, including small spinners and crankbaits, worms, minnows and wax worms. You never know what might interest a panfish most!

Want to learn more about fishing for panfish in Michigan? Check out all the details you need to know on Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them website.

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will offer “A Summer Paddle Down the Indian River” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Hiawatha National Forest.

The Indian River is a mild, scenic body of water that twists and curves for 36 miles in the Hiawatha National Forest. This three- to four-hour trek is appropriate even for those with little canoeing or kayaking experience. Participants will meet at Jack’s Superserv in Harvey and proceed to Alger County.

This class is free, but pre-registration is requested by Thursday, Aug. 2. Call the NCLL office at 227-2979.

This Saturday and next Saturday park ranger Andrea will be guiding walks at the Miners Castle area. These are leisurely strolls observing wild flowers and hardwoods as well as invasive species.  To hear more go to our archieves and give a listen to our interview. george

Seney Wildlife Refuge Michigan UP U.P. Loons

Loons at Seney Wildlife Refuge

The 2011 Fall Newsletter for Seney Wildlife Refuge has been released. Readers’ questions are answered and columns addressing the events at the refuge are present.

Hunting regulations for 2011 are also discussed as well as the Photo Contest winner and calendar items.

Marquette, MI – September 7, 2011 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is offering a free class to take a three-hour leisurely paddle down the AuTrain River.  This class is called, “A Fall ‘Paddle’ Down the AuTrain” and takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 15th.

Register for this event by September 12th

This relaxing and fun three-hour ride will give paddlers the opportunity to observe gorgeous fall colors and scenic wildlife.

This class does not require any experience, however if you do not own your own kayak you will need to rent one in AuTrain for $20.

The group of paddlers is planning to meet at Jack’s Superserv in Harvey to carpool to the river.

Register by Monday, September 12th by calling Mark Roby at 906-228-5489.

If you do attend this event, please send your photos to jordan@mre.fm.