An update on fish-stocking efforts, recommendations on this year’s migratory game bird hunting seasons, and a report on invasive species grant funding are among the topics of discussion at the next regular meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday, Feb. 8, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus Auditorium, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, in Lansing.
The day’s agenda includes:
1 p.m. – Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries
General updates on the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Fisheries divisions.
A report on DNR efforts to stock fish in Upper Peninsula waters.
A presentation on recommended dates for youth waterfowl, early teal, duck and falconry seasons.
2 p.m. – Committee of the Whole
The DNR director’s report, including:
The latest on state parks and trails programs.
An update from Office of the Great Lakes.
A DNR budget presentation.
The DNR Fisheries Division strategic plan.
A report on this year’s Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program recipients.
A discussion about messaging and communications on chronic wasting disease. (This stems from CWD Working Group recommendations made last month to the commission.)
DNR legislative report.
An update from the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries.
Immediately following the Committee of the Whole, the commission will receive public comments. Those wishing to make public comments before the commission should register with Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following public comments, the NRC is expected to take action on common merganser control permits and regulations and falconry regulations. DNR Director Keith Creagh then will announce decisions on two land transactions.
For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.