The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its annual Upper Peninsula meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Ontonagon at the Theater of Performing Arts, located at 311 South Steel St.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. with a meeting of the NRC’s Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries. Committee members will receive reports from the Wildlife Division and Fisheries Division chiefs on proposed policy and regulation changes, along with a presentation on the Little Bay de Noc Walleye Management Plan.

The NRC committee of the whole will then meet at 3 p.m. to receive a report from DNR Director Keith Creagh, including updates on the metallic minerals lease and development process, regional state forest management plans, and the encroachment resolution initiative summary.

A number of fisheries orders are eligible for action by Director Creagh at the meeting, including a decision on bag limit proposals for brook trout in the Upper Peninsula, and regulation changes for muskellunge and northern pike statewide.

At 4 p.m., the Bay de Noc Great Lakes Sport Fishermen, Inc., of Delta County, will receive the DNR’s Partner in Conservation Award. The award presentation will be immediately followed by public appearances before the NRC. Those wishing to make public comments to the NRC should contact Deb Whipple, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-373-2352 or whippled1@michigan.gov to register.

Individuals registered by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, will be allowed five minutes to address the commission on agenda topics, and three minutes for topics not on the meeting agenda. Registration for public comment is still possible after Oct. 5, with a time limit of three minutes to address the commission. Registration cards will be available at the meeting.

For more information about the NRC, including the full meeting agenda, informational memos and past meeting minutes, visit www.michigan.gov/nrc.

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