Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines.

Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy builds on existing efforts by state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals.

Monarch butterflies found east of the Rocky Mountains have declined by more than 80 percent over the past 20 years primarily due to habitat loss, including reduced milkweed required for reproduction and fewer nectar plants. T

State officials have revised a quarantine of some walnut products intended to protect Michigan trees from a fatal disease. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is trying to ward off an outbreak of thousand cankers disease, which has killed numerous walnut trees in the western U.S. The quarantine generally prohibits shipment of walnut nursery stock, certain walnut timber products and hardwood firewood into Michigan from infested states.

6,300 Michigan forest roads will open to off-road vehicles

Dec 18, 2017

A new policy will open about 6,300 miles of roads in Michigan's state forest system to off-road vehicles. Director Keith Creagh of the Department of Natural Resources says the expanded access will take effect Jan. 1. He says an additional 1,200 miles of roads will remain off-limits.

DNR: Forget shopping, get outdoors this Black Friday

Nov 24, 2017

If fighting the Black Friday shopping crowds isn't your thing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages you to hit the trail. The state is celebrating the day after Thanksgiving by waiving the usual Recreation Passport fee required for vehicle entry to state parks, trails and boating access sites. It's part of a nationwide initiative called #OptOutside that encourages spending at least part of Black Friday outdoors. 

In partnership with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids officially opened “the Highlands,” Thursday, a 121-acre nature preserve adjacent to the center. Originally opened as a golf course over one hundred years ago, the sprawling 121-acre piece of land will now be a sanctuary of untouched West Michigan countryside, and a place for visitors to get out and explore in its natural state.

Tomorrow is the last Saturday in June. In Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills neighborhood this is a day set aside for its annual Garden Tour as Saturday marks the tour’s 24th year. The Ottawa Hills Garden Tour kicks off at 9 AM and ends at 1 PM. Visitors are asked to begin the excursion at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School. In the latest edition of Art Unfiltered, WGVU’s Patrick Center previews the show with Tom Deur Chairman of the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour and Fred Davison President of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association.

Naturally Speaking

Mar 14, 2017
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Naturally Speaking with guests from the Michigan DNR. Today, Ray Rustem, youth programs specialist and advisor with the NRC Youth Conservation, joins us to discuss programming for scouts.

Naturally Speaking

Oct 11, 2016
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Naturally Speaking, a monthly conversation with guests from the Michigan DNR. Today, Hanki Stancato, member of the Michigan Wildlife Council, discusses the “Here For Generations” campaign.

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About 80 acres of land in western Michigan is expected to be added to North Ottawa Dunes park in Ottawa County.

Ottawa County Parks says in a release that county commissioners and a local board have approved a deal to acquire the privately-owned parcel in Spring Lake Township.

The park is part of a freshwater dune system along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The parcel is along the eastern edge of the dunes and is surrounded by the park on three sides.

It is primarily back dune forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, Eastern hemlock and red oak.

Take a walk this Labor Day weekend to learn about animals in the forest as part of the 2016 White Lake Nature Walks. The walk begins at the White Lake Community Library. We talk to Organizer Tanya Cabala.