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Widespread Spruce Budworm Defoliation
Contact Michigan DNR: Bob Heyd, 906-228-6561, ext. 3023 or John Pepin, 906-228-6561

Over the past few years, white spruce and balsam fir have been defoliated by the spruce budworm, one of the most destructive native insects in the northern spruce and fir forests of the eastern United States and Canada.

“This year, budworm defoliation is widespread and expected to be heavy for the second or third years in many areas,” said Bob Heyd, forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Marquette. 

Some Like it Cold – Conserving Coldwater Habitat

From the big open water of our Great Lakes to the secluded creeks of our headwaters, we are lucky to have a vast array of freshwater habitats. Some fish like bass, whitefish and pike thrive in our big lakes. Others like our brook trout depend on our coldwater streams. Keeping these habitats in balance is critical for a diverse fishery.

The Big Three of 2015

This year, we have three multi-year initiatives in the spotlight with The Boardman: A River Reborn, Free Spanning the Maple River and the Jordan River Chestonia Bridge. These projects include a significant amount of fundraising, genuine partner collaboration and determination on the part of our staff and board to see them through. We are eager to see the next phases unfold on these remarkable journeys to free our waters.

DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease
Contact: Roger Mech, 517-243-0300 or Bob Heyd, 906-228-6561, ext. 3023

For most people, April 15 is the annual tax-filing deadline. For people like Roger Mech – and other forest health professionals – April 15 also marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees.

Good News for Manton Creek

Since the removal of the Manton Millpond Dam in 2011, Manton Creek has undergone a remarkable transformation. The Michigan DNR highlighted this change in a recently released Status of the Fishery Resource Report for Manton Creek. The shallow, warm waters of the historical Millpond have been replaced by a cool, rushing stream with an outstanding trout population.

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