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Michigan DNR Sends 17 Firefighters to Western States

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has sent 17 firefighters to help battle wildfires in California, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

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Michigan Trails Closed Due to Storm Damage

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources warns trail and forest users that parts of some trails in the northern Lower Peninsula may be closed due to storm damage Sunday.

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14 Michigan DNR Employees Fighting Fires in Alaska and Manitoba

Fourteen Michigan Department of Natural Resources employees, who are trained as firefighters, currently are helping to contain wildfires in Alaska and Manitoba.

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2014 Michigan Deer Hunting Harvest Down 15 Percent

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a report on the 2014 hunting seasons. It says that roughly 615,000 hunters statewide harvested a total of approximately 329,000 deer. That's a drop of 15 percent from 2013.

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Michigan DNR Confirms Chronic Wasting Disease in Second Free-Ranging White-Tailed Deer

Last week, the Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) confirmed a second free-ranging deer in Ingham County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.

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Invasive Crayfish Found Near Lake Macatawa

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently found several red swamp crayfish near a popular fishing area at Lake Macatawa in Ottawa County.

Red swamp crayfish are native to the southeastern United States and are considered an invasive species in Michigan. It is illegal to possess them alive in Michigan.

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More Michigan July 4th Weekend Campers Expected This Year Than in 2014

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expecting more people to stay at Michigan state parks for the July 4 holiday weekend this year than did in 2014.

Weekend occupancy was projected at 92.7 percent for the holiday weekend as of June 30, compared to 88.6 percent at the same time in 2014. 

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Michigan Battling West Nile Virus, Avian Flu and Chronic Wasting Disease

Michigan's first cases of avian flu and West Nile virus were confirmed in early June. Chronic wasting disease was discovered in free-ranging deer in Michigan at the end of May.

The Michigan DNR and others are working to stop the spread of all three.

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Michigan Landowners Can Earn $25 per Acre by Making Land Available to Hunters

Landowners can earn up to $25 per acre through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Hunting Access Program.

The program provides private-land hunting opportunities in southern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula.

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Michigan Free ORV Weekends: June 13-14 and August 22-23

Quiet, relaxing days can be a highlight of any Michigan summer, but sometimes you need to get out for some fun.

The Michigan DNR invites everyone to enjoy two free ORV Weekends in 2015.

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Michigan Confirms First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Free-Ranging Deer

The Michigan DNR and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township near Lansing has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population.

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How to Identify a Michigan Rattlesnake [Video]

The Michigan DNR is sharing some information that many of us hope we never need to know, how to identify a Michigan rattlesnake.

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