DNR: Fisherman’s Island public input session Oct. 12

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Monday, Oct. 12, to hear public input on a new draft General Management Plan for Fisherman’s Island State Park in Charlevoix County.

The open house will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Charlevoix Public Library, Conference Room B, 220 West Clinton St. in Charlevoix.

The 2,678-acre park includes more than 6 miles of scenic Lake Michigan shoreline with 80 rustic campsites, a picnic area, foot trails and undeveloped land for hunting and wildlife observation.

The General Management Plan for Fisherman’s Island State Park defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy that 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.

A link to the Fisherman’s Island State Park draft plan can be found at http://www.clearzoning.com/clearzoning-clients/fishermans-island-state-park/.

The public input meeting will begin with a short presentation of the draft plan.

The public is welcome to attend at any time during the open house to review the planning material, provide comments and speak with DNR staff. Comments can be made until Oct. 19 by emailing Debbie Jensen, DNR park management plan administrator, at jensend1@michigan.gov.

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