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Michigan Frog and Toad Survey Marks 20th Year
March 26, 2015, 1:20 pm
Contact Lori Sargent, Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist

Michigan’s amateur herpetologists will go afield over the course of the next several months, listening for the songs of frogs and toads across the state. This annual survey – now in its 20th year – is proving to be an important tool, as wildlife officials try to keep track of what’s going on with the state’s amphibians.

Biological Surveys of Northwest Lower Peninsula Streams Now Available
March 24, 2015, 9:00 am

Biological and physical habitat conditions of northwest Lower Peninsula streams in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties were assessed by Michigan DEQ Surface Water Assessment Section staff.

Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Best Management Practices
February 2, 2015, 9:00 am

The Michigan Amphibian and Reptile Best Management Practices was created for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to provide a comprehensive guide to Best Management Practices (BMPs) that improve and maintain the viability of Michigan amphibian and reptile populations.

Upper Manistee River Restoration Project Report Released
January 19, 2015, 12:00 am

This report provides an overview of the Upper Manistee River Restoration project. Two overarching goals defined this project: Habitat restoration on the 1,720 acre Flowing Well Trout Farm property and replacement of the most severe, habitat degrading road/stream crossing on the Manistee River’s North Branch on Mecum Road. Located in rural Kalkaska County in northern Michigan, this project was completed over a five year period with the help of many dedicated partners and funders.


Little Betsie & Nessen Road Timber Bridge
December 19, 2014, 9:00 am

The Nessen road/stream crossing, site #B-12, was an aging concrete bottomless box structure approximately 7½ feet wide over the Little Betsie River. The extremely narrow width created an unnaturally large scour pool downstream and increased velocity flows at the outlet. In addition large amounts of gravel from the roadway were being inputted into the stream along with crumbling material from the structure itself. Through this project partners designed and completed the installation of a 14’ wide, 22’ span timber bridge that accommodates the natural stream channel and allows the natural movement of substrate, fish and wildlife. Paved approaches and spillways were incorporated to channel road runoff away from the stream as well.

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