Twenty-three of Michigan’s 133 state forest campgrounds might stay open, after Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Rodney Stokes tabled an order to close them, according to a report in the Midland Daily News, Midland, Mich.
Stokes’ action at last week’s Natural Resources Commission meeting gave DNR staff another month to work on plans to keep more of the campgrounds open, including possible leasing agreements with local units of government for some of them.
Stokes also wants the DNR’s forest management and parks and recreation divisions to work toward a joint management agreement for some of the campgrounds.
Lime Island State Forest Campground in the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, on the list for closure, will be transferred to the parks and recreation division to manage.
Action on the tabled order could now take place at the NRC’s June 9 meeting in Lansing.
In May, the DNR announced it would be closing some of the rustic campgrounds in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula, because of a 63% reduction in General Fund support, and declining use and revenues.