Tag Archives: National Forests

Bear country manners called for when camping in bear country

By Howard Meyerson A few years ago, a friend and I were walking back to a campground, backtracking on a remote Upper Peninsula trail. Overcast skies had threatened rain. We’d spent a moody, chilly day tramping through deep forest. Then, … Continue reading

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Roads Less Traveled: National Forest Seeks user input about preferred two-tracks, trails

By Howard Meyerson Maybe you’ve heard the scuttlebutt about the U.S. Forest Service closing more roads in Huron-Manistee National Forest. The message, which got posted on social media by off-road vehicle enthusiasts, urgently suggests that those who care should write … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. Forest Service Hoping to Cash in on Wilderness Areas?

As someone who has made a living writing about and photographing wilderness areas, among many topics having to do with Michigan’s national forests, and others, it’s troubling to see the U.S. Forest Service attempt to move in the direction of … Continue reading

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Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary: America’s one and only

By Howard Meyerson WHITE CLOUD, MI — April showers normally bring May flowers, but this year’s weather hardly has been normal. Lingering winter conditions and the late onset of spring delayed the usual early-season blooms at Loda Lake National Wildflower … Continue reading

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Popular Pine River sand slide no more

A hugely popular 150-foot Pine River sand slide got special treatment from the U.S. Forest Service recently. Forest officials cut down a number of trees on the bank rim and located them along the barren slide  hoping to reduce sand … Continue reading

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Playing rough: Illegal ORV use overwhelms law enforcement and restoration efforts

By Howard Meyerson TWIN LAKES, MI – With the Labor Day holiday weekend ahead, often a last-hurrah for outdoor weekend warriors, Manistee National Forest staffers say they plan to be on alert for rogue off-road-vehicle riders in the forest. By … Continue reading

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Collaborative Conservation: How hunters help birds

By Howard Meyerson Talking “turkey” would have meant precisely that in the 1930’s, an era when wildlife biologists managed lands for individual species. But state, federal and private (NGO) wildlife managers say the parlance and philosophy of wildlife management has … Continue reading

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25 years later: Michigan wilderness is still an oasis

By Howard Meyerson Some of my favorite times have been spent in wilderness, those far away, wild and remote areas where nature is left alone, where motorized traffic is not allowed, where you might walk or paddle for miles and … Continue reading

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