For Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
1 – If you like walleye, the state wants your input.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has drafted the first statewide walleye plan focused on inland waters. Public comment is being sought through April 1 to help finalize the document.
A draft of the management plan is available for review online.
A state official says the plan was developed to maximize angler satisfaction and the ecological benefits of walleye fisheries.
2 – Former Bay County Drain Commissioner Joseph Rivet has joined the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Department Director Gary McDowell announced the selection of Rivet last week as deputy director. His new job started this week.
Rivet was a state representative from 1999-2004 and most recently served as Bay County drain commissioner.
He is past president of the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners and served as chair of the state’s Michigan Wetlands Advisory Council.
3 – A 2021 Spring Invasive Species Summit is planned for March 20.
A dozen invasive species organizations are putting on the event. It’s a free webinar that requires registration.
Speakers at the webinar will include representatives from the Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.
Attendees can expect to learn about identifying and controlling common invasive species in their backyards, what species you can hand pull and how to restore the area with native species.