Gladstone, MIApril 10, 2017 – Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan reminds the public that individuals and organizations interested in proposing “Special Uses” on National Forest lands to take notice of the following Hiawatha National Forest’s Special Uses proposal process deadlines. Special Use Permits are required for commercial and non-commercial use of National Forest lands.

“Following the recent conclusion of the open season for receipt of Summer/Fall uses,” said Morgan, “the Forest is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring uses occurring between November 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.”
In order to better manage proposals, the following annual schedule is used. Not all applications result in a permit being issued due to reasons such as conflicting uses or workload; applicants will be notified as soon as possible if their application is denied:

 

WINTER/SPRING USES Occurring between November 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018:
Submit COMPLETE application by: July 15, 2017 – Submit complete proposal package to the Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information.

 

SUMMER/FALL USES Occurring between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018:
Submit COMPLETE application by: FEBRUARY 15, 2018 –Submit complete proposal package to the local Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information.

 

For either Use Season, parties with recurring uses (permits issued for more than one year) must submit annually-required information to the Forest Service (annual operating plan, insurance, brochures, etc.) by the date specified in their permit.

 

Non-Commercial Group Use is a use or activity that involves a group of 75 or more people, either as participants or spectators, where an entry or participation fee is not charged, and the primary purpose is not the sale of a goods or service. Examples include weddings, family reunions, church services, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals, etc.

 

A permit is required Commercial Uses regardless of the number of people involved in the activity. Such uses include several types including Recreation Events (e.g. animal, bicycle, motocross, or triathlon type races, jeep rallies, dog trials, fishing contests, rendezvous, rodeos, adventure games, youth treks, wagon trains, concerts, and other similar events); Commercial Photography/Filming (e.g. commercial filming or sound recording, etc); Outfitting and Guiding (e.g. accommodating guests, transporting persons, providing equipment, supplies and services); and Road Use Permits (for use of roads not open to the general public for motorized use or use of roads/driveways across NFS lan to access private property). Commercial Uses require a permit regardless of group size.

 

“In addition to streamlining our administrative processes, open seasons help us provide better service by assuring that special use proponents submit timely, complete proposals well in advance of the proposed use,” noted Morgan.

 

If you have questions about the special uses proposal, application and authorization process, please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/hiawatha/passes-permitsor contact the District Ranger at Munising (906) 387-2512; Rapid River/Manistique (906) 474-6442; or Sault Ste. Marie/St. Ignace (906) 428-5200.

 

St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie/Brimley, MI — The Forest Service is notifying local media of possible prescribed burning opportunities in the near future. Current weather forecasts suggest suitable burning weather may occur in the next several days. Prescribed burning is very weather dependent but may occur Saturday, June 18. If conditions are not right, the burns will be postponed until more favorable conditions arise.

The Forest Service’s St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District is preparing for the South Brimley Grade prescribed burn. The burn would be about 5 miles west of Brimley and about 1 mile north of M-28. A map of this potential prescribed burn is available online. During active burning in the Brimley area, smoke may be visible from Brimley, Highway M-28 west of Brimley, and other points throughout Chippewa County. Due to safety concerns, the fire will only be executed in wind conditions that minimize the likelihood of reduced visibility due to smoke on Highway M-28. Though unlikely, smoke may settle in some areas in the evening hours. If you have health problems that may be aggravated by smoke production, please contact Brenda Dale, Zone Fire Management Officer, at (906) 643-7900 x127, and you will be personally notified prior to any burning activities.

The burn will maintain the 237-acres of wildlife opening to increase blueberry production under red pine, maintaining biological diversity on the Hiawatha National Forest, and in the Upper Peninsula.

This project will improve the overall health and vigor of vegetation and wildlife habitat on the Forest. Openings also serve as natural firebreaks by keeping large accumulations of hazardous fuels away from private homes and property boundaries. Such openings can burn frequently, but are consistent in only carrying or sustaining low intensity wildfires. Firebreak areas help to minimize the spread of larger, high intensity/catastrophic fires. They also provide safe opportunities for wildland fire-fighters to suppress large fires and/or minimize their impact to surrounding resources. This safety aspect is critical when dealing with fires that occur in areas with wildland-urban interfaces that inherently have higher risks and resource values at stake. Openings also help to mitigate those risks and minimize the loss to resource values (i.e. timber products, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, private property, and utilities).

For more information about the Hiawatha National Forest’s 2016 prescribed burn plans, visit the Forest’s News & Events page or contact the Zone Fire Management Officer.

Alger County, Michigan – 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.

Seney, Michigan- All films will be shown in the Visitor Center Auditorium at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.  All shows are open to the public and are free of charge.  Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided by the Seney Natural History Association.  Please bring a mug.  Watch previews of this year’s films on the Seney Website at www.fws.gov/refuge/Seney/Events.html.

February 11th

The Private Life of Deer

60 Minutes – From our kitchen windows, we spot them, nibbling away at our gardens and shrubs. But once they retreat from our view, where do the white-tailed deer go? Scientists outfit deer with night vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment that reveal the hidden world of white-tailed deer in a whole new light, allowing us to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

 

An Original DUCKumentary

60 Minutes – Ducks are true originals. There are more than 120 different species of ducks in all, a fantastical group of complex characters. Ducks have a talent for survival, and life stories filled with personality and charm. Each bird is more fun than the last, and will leave you wanting more.

February 18th

Remains of a River: From Source to Sea Down the Colorado

45 Minutes – From the mountains of Wyoming to the lettuce fields of Mexico, past dams and reservoirs and diversion canals, through plains and canyons and the lights of Las Vegas, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked, paddled and slogged their way down the Green and Colorado Rivers to the sea. Remains of a River is their unforgettable story.

 

What Plants Talk About

60 Minutes – Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave. Scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war.

February 25th

Tapped

75 Minutes – Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry – an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

The descriptions of these films are borrowed from the producer’s websites.

If evening activities are cancelled due to weather at Three Lakes Academy or the Tahquamenon Area Schools, the makeup night will be Tuesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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I am the state representative for the 109th District. As a result of redistricting, the 109th District comprises Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties and most of Marquette County. If you are unsure of the district in which you live, please visit http://house.mi.gov, where you can find the name of your representative. If you wish to no longer receive this e-newsletter, please click on the unsubscribe links located at the top and bottom of this message.

Dear Neighbors,

Welcome to my e-newsletter! As your state representative, one of my objectives is to keep you updated on issues at the state Capitol and in our community. A lot has happened since my last e-newsletter that will have a direct impact on the Upper Peninsula, and I have been working really hard to establish good relationships with my colleagues on the floor, along with every department of state government. If at any point you have a question, please feel free to contact my office and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also visit my website at www.kivela.housedems.com to find up-to-date information and news on my work in Lansing. I hope you find my e-newsletters useful and informative. In this Edition:

• Legislative Update

• Office Hours

Legislative update:

House Bill 4782

In May, I introduced HB 4782 – legislation to create a new zone in the Next Michigan Development Act including the central Upper Peninsula. The act, part of the “Aerotropolis” legislation of 2010, provided for the creation of up to five Next Michigan Development Corps., entities which encourage economic development and investment, job creation and retention, and ancillary economic growth. The addition of a zone in the Upper Peninsula would aid in job creation and spur economic growth in the area. This bill has been referred to the House Commerce Committee and was granted a hearing on October 9. I am hopeful HB4782 will be voted out of the committee in the next few weeks.

House Bill 4977

This fall, I worked with state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) to sponsor legislation amending property tax law that has been the subject of controversy across the state and has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars to Michigan communities. Recently, large retailers have appealed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal regarding the property tax assessments and the “true cash value” of their properties. Because of the ambiguity in the statutory language, the tribunal has ruled in favor of the corporations – and in the case of Marquette Township, property taxes have been reduced by roughly 63 percent of what they were originally paying.

The reduction in property tax revenue is causing major economic problems for local governments and stripping precious dollars away from our schools. With the current state of education funding, it is more important than ever to make sure corporations are paying their fair share of property taxes, and our schools are getting the revenue they need to stay open. The bill I sponsored, HB 4977, would tighten up the law and make sure corporations are unable to exploit it at the expense of local residents.

Because of the precedent set by the recent hearings, many local units of government are being forced to lower their assessments on “big box” stores without a fight, as they lack the necessary funds to battle major corporations in the courtroom. The bills introduced by Casperson and I will address this problem by adjusting the way tax assessments are completed on large commercial properties.

House Bill 5088

In October, I introduced HB 5088 as part of a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at battling methamphetamine production in Michigan. The bill would create a stop-sale notification through the existing National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) for any individual with a felony drug conviction trying to purchase a product containing pseudoephedrine (PSE). Those with prior felony drug convictions would be required to obtain a valid prescription from a physician to override the stop-sale notification, but the legislation would not change the process for individuals without felonies on record.

This is common-sense legislation when it comes to stopping the production of illegal drugs. Creating the stop-sale notification would take the ease of purchasing methamphetamine’s key ingredient out of the hands of convicted felons.

Along with HB 5088, HBs 5089 and 5090 were introduced by Reps. Bob Genetski (R-Saugatuck) and Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), respectively. These bills work together to tackle what is called “smurfing” – an organized group purchase of PSE where all individuals buy only the daily, or 30-day, per-person limit, then combine the drug to make a larger quantity of methamphetamine.

I worked with Nesbitt and Genetski in a bipartisan fashion to create and co-sponsor these bills that will battle meth production around the state. After being introduced to the full House, the legislative package was sent to the House Criminal Justice Committee for consideration.

House Bill 5054

Earlier this year, I introduced HB 5054 making it a felony to own a skimming device, which is used to steal information from the magnetic strip of ATM or credit cards. HB 5054 is part of a bipartisan 5-bill package, HB 5050-5054, aimed at preventing “card skimming.”

Many of us use our credit or debit cards to pay for our purchases instead of cash because these cards are just more convenient but, unfortunately, thieves are able to still pick your pocket with devices that give them access to the information on the card’s magnetic strip. My bill, and its companion bills, fight card skimming so that we can simplify our lives and use the latest financial technology safely.

A skimming device is any combination of devices or methods used to access the personal information stored on the magnetic strip on the back of credit/ATM cards without the card owner’s permission. Once someone has this information, they can access the other person’s financial accounts and steal a person’s identity, money and/or use the card for purchases. The bills create penalties ranging from 5 to 15 years in prison, with fines of $25,000 to $75,000.

Everybody likes their financial transactions to be quick and convenient, but thieves are street-smart, and we can’t be too careful when it comes to protecting our identity and financial information. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass these bills and see them signed into law so that Michiganders will have extra protection from this crime that is growing more prevalent throughout our communities.

NMU ROTC House Resolution

I also introduced a resolution to urge the United States Army to keep the ROTC program at Northern Michigan University open after announcing it was going to be closing in May 2015.

Office Hours

I would like to announce upcoming office hours, where I have the opportunity to discuss concerns about issues that are affecting you and your families. Please join me on Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the small courtroom of the Luce County Government Building, 407 W. Harrie St. in Newberry.

I look forward to hearing the ways I can help you through my work in Lansing. As always, if you have any questions or concerns or need help with a state issue, please feel free to contact my office at (888) 429-1377 or via e-mail at JohnKivela@house.mi.gov.

Sincerely,

State Representative John Kivela
109th House District

Fish for Free This Weekend

Summer Free Fishing Weekend graphic

Get outside and go fishing as part of the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend June 8 &9. For two days all fishing license fees will be waived so residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all regulations still apply.

Don’t have a fishing pole? Or bait? Not sure how to cast? Don’t worry! Parks across the state are hosting Free Fishing Weekend events where you can learn how to fish and use free loaner equipment.

SBA 2013

The Small Business Administration is pleased to present a monthly series designed to connect you with the federal buying marketplace!

Each month, the SBA will host a “Doing Business With…” training and matchmaking event for different industries.  You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your product or service to decision makers – federal procurement officers that purchase in the industry in which you do business!

How can you benefit by attending?   Federal agencies will share their inside tips on how to navigate the world of federal procurement. You’ll learn what buyers are looking for and how the purchasing process works inside government agencies.

The business matchmaking session is your opportunity to meet in small groups with federal procurement officers to pitch your business capabilities and identify what buyers are a “fit” for your company.

There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required.  Please register at www.annarborscore.com/sbaregister.html.  You will receive a confirmation via email.  Seating is limited, so please register early.  Limit of two persons per company.

If you have any questions please contact Shaun McColley,  SBA Business Opportunity Specialist, at shaun.mccolley@sba.gov.

May 7, 2013

Tuesday

Noon  –  5:00 pm

 

M-TEC at Bay College

2000 N. 30th St.,

Escanaba, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is working to upgrade the park’s major trailheads and backcountry signs.

“Pictured Rocks has always been known as an outstanding place for day hikes and overnight backpacking,” said park superintendent Jim Northup. “But with the completion of the H-58 project, our visitation is increasing, and we want to make sure this park remains known as a premier destination for hiking in the Midwest.”

“As part of that effort, we are putting increasing emphasis on having well defined trailheads with good visitor information, well maintained trails, and rustic but professional looking signs at the trailheads and trail junctions

Several new trailhead bulletin boards have been added. A new map of the park and the hiking trails is posted on every bulletin board. Trailhead signs are being consolidated to actually reduce the number of signs in the park, but provide better information in one location.

In addition, special “boot brush stations” are being installed at every major trailhead to reduce the spread of invasive plant species. Trail junction signs are being replaced to improve their appearance and to make sure they contain accurate information.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated and hard working trail crew,” said Lakeshore Chief of Facility Management Chris Case. “With nearly 100 miles of hiking trails in the park, this has been a huge task, and the project will still be underway for a while, but visitors should really begin to notice the difference in the quality of our backcountry management program.”

 

Source: Press Release

The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8, in Newberry to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2014 in the Newberry management unit, which includes Chippewa and Luce counties. The open house is set for the following time and location:

Nov. 8, 3 to 6 p.m.
DNR Newberry Field Office, 5666 M-123 S, Newberry
(will cover proposed forest treatments in Chippewa and Luce counties)

Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, fisheries and other resource managers. The age, health, quality and quantity of trees and other vegetation are assessed to enable DNR staff to make informed decisions. Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.

Because the forest is inventoried approximately two years in advance, a year of entry is assigned to indicate when treatments will be prepared. Information currently under review has a 2014 year of entry. This means that treatment activities on lands being reviewed this year will actually begin in 2014.

Proposed treatments, which may include timber harvesting, replanting and other management activities, are designed to ensure the sustainability of all forest resources.

Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, said these open houses are a good way for interested residents, neighbors and stakeholders to learn – well in advance – about the DNR’s proposed treatment plans and to share input toward final decisions on those treatments.

“When it comes to the health and sustainability of our state forests, we’re always thinking several years ahead,” said O’Neill, who also serves as state forester. “We like to do the open houses around the state because the public gets an opportunity to talk with foresters and biologists about issues that matter most to them. It turns out to be a valuable exchange of information and ideas.”

To more easily and efficiently oversee the forest resources, the DNR divides each management unit into smaller units or “compartments.” This year, the compartments under review are in Hulbert and Whitefish townships (Chippewa County); and Columbus, Lakefield, McMillan and Pentland townships (Luce County).

Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house. The information can also be found at www.michigan.gov/forestplan. Compartment review packets for the 2014 year of entry can be found by selecting the shown map and clicking the “Newberry” button. Records of decisions, recorded timber harvests and other treatments for past years are available on this page.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. That review will take place:

Dec. 5, 9 a.m.
Newberry Correctional Facility training room, 3001 Newberry Ave., Newberry

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for either meeting should contact Jason Tokar, 906-293-3293 ext. 4743 a minimum of five business days before each meeting.

MUNISING, MI – The Federal Highway Administration is funding pavement preservation work on all paved roads and parking areas at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

“Crack sealing and patch repairs will be the first treatment, followed by micro paving and chip sealing of parking lots and roads,” according to Chris Case, Lakeshore Facility Manager. “Work will be under traffic to minimize the impact to travelers, and delays could be encountered as the work progresses.”

The work began on August 20 and is expected to be complete by early October. Most of the work is scheduled after Labor Day, Case added.

The areas involved in the work are Sand Point Road, Munising Falls parking area, Miners Castle Road and parking area, Miners Beach Road hill, Log Slide Road and parking area, Sable Falls road and parking area, and the Grand Sable Visitor Center parking areas.

www.nps.gov/piro

for more information on Pictured Rocks.

MUNISING, Mich. – The sparkling water of Lake Superior reflects the famed, multicolored sandstone cliffs you’ll find at this week’s National Park Getaway.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is aptly named for a 15-mile stretch of cliffs that rise above the great lake’s southern shore. The park preserves more than 73,000 acres of sandstone cliffs, beaches, dunes and waterfalls along Lake Superior and surrounding inland lakes, streams and forest.

Historic sites include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat stations, old farmsteads and a Civil War-era iron blast furnace site.

If you like to hike, kayak or just go to the beach, you’ll want to put this park at the top of your vacation list. Get a head start by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways

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The Mouth of the Two Hearted River State Forest Campground # 2, located in the Upper Peninsula’s Luce County, has reopened. The campground was previously closed due to damage caused by the May Duck Lake Fire.

“Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Resources Division and Parks and Recreation Division staff have worked diligently since the Duck Lake Fire to get the popular campground reopened for safe public use,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. Most of this work centered on removing damaged trees and brush in and around the campground.

Culhane and Pike Lake State Forest Campgrounds remain closed at this time. Bodi Lake, Reed, and Green Bridge are alternate State Forest Campgrounds in the area that were not damaged by the Duck Lake Fire and remain open for public use.

For additional information about these State Forest Campgrounds, call 906-492-3415 or visit www.michigan.gov/stateforestcampgrounds.

Two more programs have been added! These programs are a cooperative effort between the Seney National Wildlife Refuge and the Seney Natural History Association.

Wildlife Wednesdays
Wednesday nights June – August
7-9:30pm
Join us Wednesdays for an evening guided auto tour of the Refuge backcountry. We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing Refuge history and management practices. Please meet inside the Visitor Center to coordinate vehicles, pick up binoculars, and begin the tour.

Amateur Photo Tours
Most Thursdays June-Sept
7:00 am
Join other amateur 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. Pre-registration is required by 4:00pm the previous day 906-586-9851 x 15. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Fire!
July 29 & August 6, 12, 20, 26
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fire at Seney has always been a common occurrence and vital need among most of our habitats. Come learn and SEE the effects of fire on a fire dependent landscape. View the Pine Creek North Wildfire from the Fishing Loop auto tour; see the tools used in wild land fire suppression, and talk to us about, you guessed it, fire! This program is designed as an on-going discovery station located along the fishing loop so just stop by and stay as long or as little as you would like.

Secrets of the Marsh
July 28 & August 3, 11, 17
10:00am – 11:00am
Description: “Gug glunk!” called the American Bittern. You never know what you might hear along the Marshland Wildlife Drive. Join us as we learn about secretive marsh birds and other critters that can be found in Seney’s marshes. Meet at the Visitor Center for a driving tour that will last roughly an hour.

Investigate Seney – A mini inventory and sensory exploration of Refuge habitats.
July 30 & August 5, 13, 19, 27
2:00pm – 4:00pm
July 27, & August 4,18, 24
10am – 12:00noon
Join us for a trip to the “field” to inventory, identify and enjoy the plants and animals found in small designated plots. Besides the fun of discovering the biodiversity of a small space we will also be using the information we collect to enhance projects such as our species lists, herbarium contents, ebird list, and the Michigan Herp Atlas project. We will be outside for two hours so be sure to dress for the weather and insect conditions. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit
9:00am – 5:00pm July 7 – 28
Community members and visitors alike should mark their calendars for this exhibition of original art work by kids from across the country. The first place winners from each state and US territory will be on display in the Visitor Center.

Discover Seney Refuge
9:00am-4:00pm Wednesday, August 15
Take a break, relax, explore, and enjoy the beauty of the Refuge. Learn more about nature, natural history and wildlife. Find out about volunteering and supporting Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The day will begin with a welcome from the Refuge manager, followed by opportunities to hike, go on auto tours, or listen to presentations ( topics include Loons, History, and Wildflowers). Morning and afternoon session opportunities will be broken up by a lunch and a panel discussion lead by the Seney Natural History Association. Space is limited so visit the website or call for a registration packet soon. A $5 registration fee is required and participants must pre-register by August 10. We will consider later registration if space is open. Lunch is provided.

Amateur Photo Contest
Last day to enter is August 31
Did you get some great photos while enjoying the Refuge? Enter them in the amateur photo contest! In September we will display all the entries in the auditorium and on the Seney Natural History Association’s Flickr site, where visitors will vote for their favorites. When on display for voting, the entries depict an incredible array of Refuge experiences. Details can be found in the Visitor Center or on our website.

Youth in the Outdoors Day
9:00am-4:00pm Saturday, September 29
This event is a spinoff from our annual Scout Activity Day event. This event is designed to get youth out into the Refuge to explore and learn. Participants will choose from a variety of full day, half day, or mini sessions. Full day and half day sessions will travel through the refuge by canoe, kayak, bike, or foot. Mini sessions will be located near the headquarters. The event is open to kids ages 7-17. Pre-registration and a $5 registration fee is required. Call the Visitor Center to be put on the mailing list to receive registration materials. 906-586-9851 x 15.

Science & Seney Series
Seney National Wildlife Refuge is offering a series of evening programs by guest presenters. This series of evening presentations covers a variety of topics including research and monitoring projects occurring on the Refuge. All presentations in this series will begin at 7:00pm in the Visitor Center auditorium.

Driggs River Assessment
Thursday August 2
7:00pm – 7:30pm
Details regarding this research are still being worked out.
Presenter: Ellen Comes, B.S. Student – Environmental Biology, University of Dayton

HIDDEN GEMS: A Photographic Journey through the Eastern U.P. with Special Emphasis on the McMillan Area and the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Thursday August 2
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Nature Photographer, Rod Planck, has traveled and photographed extensively throughout the world. While Rod and his wife, Marlene, could live, photograph and operate their nature photography business anywhere in the world they choose to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rod will share his images, made throughout the region, of wildlife, landscapes and close-ups.
Presenter: Rod Planck, Professional Nature Photographer

Coyote Distribution and Feeding Habits in Southeastern, Michigan.
Thursday August 23
7:00pm – 7:45pm
Coyotes have readily adapted to areas dominated by humans and are the top carnivore in many major metropolitan areas in the Midwest. In the Metropolitan area of Detroit, increases in coyote sightings and removal
activities suggest that coyote abundance may have increased in the region. This presentation is about the assessment of the distribution and feeding habits of coyotes in the region.
Presenter: William B. Dodge, Ph.D. Candidate, Wayne State University.

For questions contact the Seney NWR Visitor Center at (906)586-9851 Extention 15.

Source: Press Release

Discover Seney Day

Discover Seney Day is set for Wednesday, Aug 15. A maximum of 50 people will get an up-close and personal look at the nature, natural history and wildlife of this gem of the Upper Peninsula.

The day-long event includes speakers, tours and hiking opportunities. The registration fee is $5 and includes lunch. Seney NWR Visitor Services Manager Sara Giles explained that the day is designed to offer a wide variety of opportunities to learn about the refuge.

Participants can choose from lectures on loons, wildflowers and creating diversity on the refuge. Seney Safari and Secrets of the Marsh offer a glimpse into the back-country environment.

“If you like to walk, you’ll enjoy both the Birding by Sight and Sound and Hardwood Forest hikes,” she said. “We’ll also have sessions on stewardship reforestation where you can help plant trees and a tour of the Pine Creek North wildfire.”

Each participant will choose one or two morning and one or two afternoon sessions. Lunch, which is included in the $5 registration fee, and will feature a panel of Seney Natural History Association members who will talk about volunteer opportunities at Seney.

Giles added that since attendance is limited, individuals interested in discovering Seney should register as soon as possible. The last day to register is Friday, Aug. 10. Register by calling 906-586-9851, ext. 10 or email Sara_Giles@fws.gov.

Source: Press Release

The 2012 Summer Free Fishing Weekend is quickly approaching – will you be heading out to fish for free Saturday, June 9 and/or Sunday, June 10?

During this weekend, all fishing license fees are waived for two days! We’re hoping people will take advantage of this FREE opportunity in order to expose potential anglers to the sport of fishing – or to simply allow those who may not have already purchased a fishing license to have a great weekend! Residents and out-of-state visitors are allowed to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all regulations will still apply during this time.

There are numerous opportunities to participate – whether you head out to fish as a family at your favorite hot spot, join a scheduled event at locations across Michigan or host an event yourself.

To discover the ways you can get involved, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

 


Weekly Fishing Report map

UPPER PENINSULA

Ontonagon: Mostly lake trout were caught in waters 25 to 40 feet deep. The fish were holding in the middle of the water column and hitting on green spoons. Average was four to six pounds and the best time to fish was in the morning.
Keweenaw Bay: Fishing is spotty but anglers are picking up a mix of chinook, coho and lake trout when trolling between the Baraga Marina and Carla’s Restaurant or  the L’Anse Marina and the Township Park. Try spoons in a variety of colors 40 to 60 feet down in 50 to 70 feet of water. For the South Portage Entry, anglers had some nice catches of lake trout in 110 to 170 feet of water off Farmers Reef and Newtons Reef. Those trolling straight out from the Traverse Bay Marina caught a few lake trout in 150 to 170 feet of water while those jigging out from Big Louie’s Point found a few fish in 240 to 260 feet of water.
Marquette: Lake trout fishing was slow but fish were caught in less than 100 feet of water up near Shot Point. The “Sand Hole” was producing a few lake trout for those putting in their time. Salmon fishing was also slow. Water temperatures have warmed to the low 40’s near the Chocolay River and the Carp River.
Lake Antoine: In Dickinson County is producing bluegill and crappie.
Menominee: Had a few boat anglers heading out from the Cedar River. Most were trolling spoons or stick baits north and south along the shoreline. Boats were also trolling around Stony Point but no fish were caught. Shore anglers in the Cedar River caught smallmouth bass, rock bass or suckers when casting plugs or stick baits.
Menominee River: Shore anglers and those wading between Stephenson Island and the Hattie Street Dam caught walleye in the early morning or late evening when casting different colored rapalas. Those targeting trout were drifting yarn on the Michigan side near the dam.
Au Train: Water temperatures were in the low 40’s around the bay however out near the shipping lanes the temperature was still in the upper 30’s.
Munising: Catch rates were slow for chinook, coho and splake in the bay. Those targeting lake trout near Grand Portal Point caught fish ranging two to six pounds in 100 to 200 feet of water. Pier and shore fishing were very slow.
Grand Marais: Pier anglers reported fair to good catch rates for whitefish and the occasional menominee. Some limit catches were reported. Trout and salmon are still hanging around the bay. Those fishing four to five miles north of the bay caught lake trout in 100 feet of water.
DeTour: Those trolling between the DeTour Lighthouse and the red buoy on the south end of Drummond Island have caught chinook, lake trout and Atlantic salmon when trolling orange spoons 35 feet down in waters 80 feet deep. Musky, pike and walleye season opened on May 15.
Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers are fishing off the pier and within the harbor. Atlantic salmon, splake and steelhead were caught in Hessel Bay and Wilderness Bay when casting or trolling minnows, smelt or stick baits.


 


Just a reminder, you can purchase hunting and fishing licenses online 24-hours a day or make a campground reservation at Michigan’s 99 state park and recreation areas at www.michigan.gov/campgroundreservations