Michigan Natural Resources Commission Holds First Meeting of 2012



The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hold its first meeting of 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 12 at theDiagnosticCenterfor Population and Animal Health,4125 Beaumont Road in Lansing.

The NRC Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Committee of the Whole will meet at 3 p.m. The regular NRC meeting will follow. All events will take place in Room 101 of the center.

The Committee on Fisheries and Wildlife will hear an update from Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason on Pure Michigan Hunt applications. Acting Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter will update the committee on upcoming regulations regarding pike, muskie and brook trout based upon proposals from advisory committees. In addition the Committee will hear reports on the implementation of a new Mentored Youth Hunting Program, commercial fishing regulations on Lake Erie and sturgeon regulations onBlackLakein Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties.

Director Rodney Stokes will give his report at the 3 p.m. meeting of the Committee of the Whole. During that time the Committee will hear an overview of the Department’s Aquatic Invasive Species State Management Plan.

A public comment period will immediately follow the Committee of the Whole meeting. Those wishing to give public comments to the NRC should contact Debbie Whipple, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-373-2352 or [email protected], to register. Registration is also available at the meeting location.

On the agenda for information during the regular meeting of the Commission is the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. State laws passed last year charged the NRC with creating the program and established a workgroup to formulate recommendations to the Commission.

The Commission is slated to take action on proposed amendments to state Falconry Regulations. In addition Director Stokes will inform the Commission about actions he plans to take, including changes to sturgeon regulations onBlackLakeand five land transactions

For more information on the NRC, including this meeting’s agenda, informational memos and past meeting minutes, go to www.michigan.gov/nrc.

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