For Friday, Nov. 18, 2016[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/s/6bh737kswscxjr7/ENV%20REPORT%2011-18-16.mp3]
1 – A state auction of surplus public land starts Dec. 6.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer up for sale by sealed-bid auction between Dec. 6 and Jan. 10.
The auction will feature 58 parcels located in counties including Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon.
Properties range in size from less than an acre to 77 acres.
State officials say the parcels being auctioned off are isolated from other public land, difficult to manage and provide limited public recreation benefit.
Several of the parcels are forested and have riverside or lake frontage.
Information on the auction is available online at www.michigan.gov/landforsale.
2 – The comeback of the wild turkey is a great wildlife conservation story.
At one time in Michigan, turkeys were plentiful. Over time, they vanished from every county in the state due to unregulated take and loss of habitat.
Efforts to re-establish the population were made from 1919 through the late 1980s. Today, there are more than 200,000 wild turkeys in Michigan. They can be found in every county in the Lower Peninsula and areas of the Upper Peninsula.
The National Wild Turkey Federation works with the state of Michigan to share conservation education opportunities with teachers and students.
One such opportunity is an annual Patch Design Contest.
K-12 students in Michigan are eligible to enter.
First-, second- and third-place winners will receive cash awards.
The winning design will be the basis for next year’s Michigan wild turkey management cooperator patch.
The winner and his or her parents or guardians also will be invited to the Michigan National Wild Turkey Federation State Chapter banquet and the Natural Resources Commission meeting when the patch is released to the public.
Entries are due by Dec. 15.
For complete contest rules, visit mi.gov/michiganprojectwild.
Previous winners: http://www.michigan.gov/images/turkeyboard_27029_7.jpg
3 – Massive amounts of data have been collected from the Great Lakes basin. But until recently, no effort had organized this information and made it easily accessible.
There also wasn’t a tool that allowed researchers and managers to visualize and summarize habitat conditions for the entire basin, especially on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.
It’s first publicly-available database that includes harmonized habitat data and a classification of fish habitats across the basin.
The framework will allow researchers and managers to explore information on temperature, ice-cover duration, water depth, aquatic vegetation, and wave height for every location in the basin.
There also are layers for shoreline classification, wetlands, and walleye populations.