DNR meeting on Fisherman’s Island park meeting at Nov. 3

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The Department of Natural Resources will hold two meetings on Monday Nov. 3, to inform the public about the start of a general management planning process for Fisherman’s Island State Park.

The meetings will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Charlevoix Public Library Conference Room B, 220 West Clinton St.

“The DNR is excited to have funding in place to start the General Management Plan process for Fisherman’s Island, which has been a priority for many years,” said Gaylord District Supervisor Rich Hill. “These meetings will provide an opportunity for members of the public to be fully informed regarding the upcoming planning effort.”

Each meeting will provide an overview of the DNR’s General Management Plan process, including a timeline and future opportunities for stakeholders and public involvement.

The DNR uses General Management Plans to define a long-range planning and management strategy for its state parks and recreation areas to guide future decisions.

The plan will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

The 2,678-acre Fisherman’s Island State Park includes over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Charlevoix County, with 80 rustic campsites, a picnic area and foot trails.

Additional information on the DNR’s General Management Plan process is available at www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

Each meeting will begin with a short presentation describing the planning process, but members of the public are welcome to attend at any time during either of the two-hour meetings to review the planning material and talk to DNR staff.

For more information about the public meetings or the General Management Plan, contact Richard Hill at 989-732-3541 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at HillR5@michigan.gov. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for the meetings should contact Hill at least five business days before the meetings.

Park Management Plans faq

• How Does Management Planning Relate to the Recreation Division Strategic Plan?

Management Planning is a defined strategic process within the Recreation Division Strategic Plan (2009)

• What are Park Management Plans?

The DNR uses General Management Plans to define a long-range planning and management strategy for State Park and Recreation Areas that reflects the DNR and Park and Recreation Division’s mission statements.

• How is a Management Plan Developed?

Extensive input is sought from visitors, community stakeholders, other state agencies and Department of Natural Resources staff.

• How Can I Give Input?

Attend one of the meetings. Stakeholder and Public input is a critical part of the management planning process for state parks and recreation areas.

• What are Management Zones?

Management zones help define intensity of development and provide a guide for use of areas within a park.