The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants the public to take a look at a draft plan for outdoor recreation in the state.
The five-year plan’s primary purpose is to show the federal government what Michigan is doing so the state can apply for grants.
“So it gives them an indication of the direction we are taking in providing outdoor recreation to Michigan residents and allows us to apply for a purchase fund to support that vision,” said Brad Garmon, Executive Director of the state Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.
The draft plan addresses everything from ensuring there are opportunities for all Michigan people to changing the ways people use parks and forests.
“From traditional things like hunting, fishing, camping, to things like stand-up paddle boarding, the report tries to capture everything that people could do,” Garmon said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more people have been going outdoors. The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that Michigan’s outdoor recreation economy grew more than 15% from 2020 to 2021.
The state has already consulted the public and held public meetings to spread the word about the plan. The DNR is now accepting the final public comments on the draft plan until the end of Thursday. You can see the plan here. Garmon said you can leave comments at [email protected]
“Look at the plan, see what the draft is and see if they think it makes sense, see if there are things in it that they would have suggested we capture that we might be missing to have.”