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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

An elk is replacing the common loon on Michigan wildlife license plates.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the change starts Dec. 1 and will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk to the state. Nov. 30 is the last day to buy common loon plates. Funds from the sale of elk license plates will continue to help wildlife management.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for private companies to operate concession areas at state parks and other locations. Parks chief Ron Olson says the possibilities range from food service to renting boats or bikes and operating campground stores.

Concessionaires can enter into a contract lasting up to seven years. Those interested in submitting bids are expected to have prior business experience and adequate cash to fund the concession of their choice.

Wildlife biologists are stepping up efforts in southern Michigan to monitor ospreys. The birds of prey had all but disappeared from the area because of pesticide pollution but are coming back. Four osprey chicks were fitted this year with "backpack" GPS units enabling scientists to track the birds' movements and seasonal migration patterns. 

If you're a hunter who shoots deer or related animals in other states, be advised that there are new rules about bringing their parts into Michigan. The tougher regulations are intended to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease among Michigan's deer, elk and moose. The illness attacks the central nervous system of animals in the deer family and can eventually kill them. Nine free-ranging deer in Michigan have tested positive since April 2015.

Grants available to support urban forestry projects

Aug 15, 2017
Pine trees at the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for grants supporting tree plantings and other activities that boost urban and community forest growth. Officials say up to $90,000 in federal funds is available for projects around the state. Applicants can seek up to $20,000, depending on the project type. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds. They can be cash contributions or services. 

A new computer application enables Michigan residents to help conserve fish and wildlife by reporting what they see while out in the field. The Eyes in the Field app replaces 15 separate forms that the state Department of Natural Resources previously used to gather this kind of information.

State conservation officers are appealing to the public for tips about the illegal killing of two deer in Tuscola County. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says remains of the 8- and 9-point bucks were found Tuesday night. They were in a ditch near the intersection of Michigan Highway 25 and Clark Road in Akron Township.

Michigan conservationists seek 2 who ran down geese

Jul 17, 2017

Michigan conservation officers are looking for two jet skiers who plowed into a flock of Canada geese, killing one and injuring others. The State Department of Natural Resources released a witness' video Sunday that shows the two people circling around with their watercraft on Mona Lake and then running over a flock of geese. Officers say at least three geese were injured and one was killed on July 10. 

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State officials are encouraging visits to some of Michigan's premier wetland areas during May, which federal agencies designate as American Wetlands Month.

The state Department of Natural Resources manages seven "wetland wonders," which are areas that offer especially good waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunities.

They are scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula, from the Fennville Farm Unit in Allegan County to the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Monroe and Wayne counties.

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