The Michigan and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources will hold a public workshop designed to provide input on the new, jointly managed Menominee River State Recreation Area. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from  6 to 8 p.m. (CST), in the auditorium of the Norway Public Schools, located at 300 Section St., in Norway, Mich.

This workshop will help guide planning and development considerations for the new Menominee River State Recreation Area, which represents a unique partnership between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Encompassing both sides of the Menominee River and starting just downriver from Niagara, Wis., this new recreation area provides over 9,000 acres of public lands and access to 17 miles of river offering premier outdoor recreation opportunities.

This concept of joint planning/development/management of a state recreation area is a unique opportunity for citizens of both states to benefit from this collaboration.

Michigan and Wisconsin DNR staff will be at the workshop to present information about this new recreation area, to outline the “concept of management” and to interact with the public to gather input on what is significant about this property. Input from this workshop will be the first of many opportunities for the public to share and contribute toward the future of this exciting new park and partnership between the two states.

Future actions regarding the Menominee River State Recreation Area will be guided by a management plan that will set future development and management of the property.

Public input may also be provided at that Menominee River State Recreation Area master planning website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/masterplanning/MenomineeRiver/

More outdoor fun and exercise is available through the DNR’s Recreation 101 program, which provides expert instruction to budding outdoor enthusiasts by offering free, hands-on training in over 100 different activities. Learn about participating or becoming an instructor, at www.michigan.gov/rec101. The DNR also offers ongoing nature programming; check out the schedule at www.michigan.gov/natureprograms.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $10 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

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