Land, Water & Wildlife Stewardship
in Northern Michigan
Report all poaching: Call or Text: (800) 292-7800
Report Wildlife observations: (diseased wildlife, tagged fish, invasive carp and more): Michigan.gov/EyesInTheField
Get Free Forestry Management Advice
District Forester, Kama Ross provides free assistance through the Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) to encourage and enable landowners to more actively manage their woodlands. DOWNLOAD THE PDF TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION.
Recycle in Northern Michigan
Recycling is a small thing that can make a difference at the local level. Benzie County and NW Michigan makes a concerted effort to provide for as much recycling as is feasible.
For example, there is a really neat shop in Traverse within the Commons called the Refillery. You can BYO reusable bottles for household cleaning products/bath and body, and they also have products with zero waste containers. Click here for the county recycling webpage.
Combat Invasive Species
In no particular order, the following are links to environmental information & events, and agencies & action groups whose missions are to combat a myriad of invasive species, both flora and fauna.
Invasive Species: (all links open a new tab)
Check out these organization's websites for more information on what they are doing to improve and preserve the environment:
Crystal Lake and Watershed Association
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Benzie-Leelanau Health Department-Environmental Health
Water Quality Maps by County
Native Flora Species or plantitwild.net
Benzie County Conservation District
Conservation Resource Alliance
Oil & Water Don't Mix
Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council
Michigan Climate Action Council
Michigan DNR Conservation Organizations Directory or https://www.epa.gov/greatlakes
Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes Coalition
EGLE: MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
Michigan State Extension
Get A Burn Permit
DNA Reminds those burning leaves, or anything else, will first need to check if weather conditions or materials being incinerated require a permit. Checking out permitting is easy. For the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, residents can visit Michigan.gov/Burn Permit or call 866-922-BURN to find out whether burning is currently allowed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Southern Lower Peninsula residents can obtain burn permits from their local government or fire department. For responsible burning information, call (616) 260-8406.