MNR invites the public to discuss plans for gravel mining and seed orchards in the Canton of Genoa

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MNR invites the public to discuss plans for gravel mining and seed orchards in the Canton of Genoa

Contact: Jason Hartman, 989-390-0279 Agency: Natural resources

October 1, 2021

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be holding a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 at Brighton High School to discuss plans to reclaim two plots of land in Genoa Township for use as a seed orchard.

The stages of the plan include completing an ongoing timber sale, bypassing the land through a mining lease, and then planting and maintaining trees on the property.

“We want to make sure people are aware of the plans, the steps and how the project will bring long-term benefits to both the area and the state forests,” said Jason Hartman, a forestry worker with MNR. who was involved. with the project since its inception.

The meeting will include a presentation regarding the property and the work in progress at the nearby Tree Improvement Center. Time will be set aside for public comments. Those wishing to speak will be invited to register and individual comments will be limited to three minutes each.

The properties, between Brighton Road and Cunningham Lake Road, consist of a 50 acre parcel and a 77 acre parcel. Both were listed as surplus properties and intended for auction. But they are also close to the MRN Tree Improvement Center. MNR has operated seed orchards to procure jack pine and red pine seeds at the Tree Improvement Center for approximately 50 years.

Those with questions are encouraged to submit them in advance via a dedicated email box at [email protected]

Masking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is encouraged but not required during the meeting.

Information meeting

What: MNR will present proposed plans for two property parcels in the Canton of Genoa.

When or: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts at Brighton High School, 7878 Brighton Road.

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