Hiawatha Receives Public Comment on Grand Island Project


The Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest is seeking public input on the Grand Island Habitat Restoration Project, located in the Grand Island National Recreation Area, approximately 2 miles northwest of Munising , Michigan.

The Forest Service will accept written comments on this action until Friday, August 5, 2022.

The intent of the project is to restore and support native ecosystems by introducing prescribed fire and fuel management to the area. Treatment of the project area will help control the growth of woody stem plants, stimulate native flora, reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

The Tombolo area has become overgrown with many species, which prevent the natural regeneration of native plant communities. Maintaining the historic agricultural field requires a disturbance agent, such as fire, to sustain the reintroduced native plant communities.

The Grand Island Habitat Restoration Project proposes to treat approximately 310 acres with methods including prescribed burning, mowing, mechanical thinning with chainsaws and brushcutters, and snag removal. These proposed activities would take place in the historic Farm Field (approximately 2 acres) and in the Tombolo area (between Murray and Trout Bays).

Forest Service staff have worked closely with Island residents and partners over the past two years to answer questions and take action to alleviate concerns. Now, Hiawatha National Forest is seeking public input to ensure recreational users of Grand Island National Recreation Area have the same opportunity.

Please submit comments by email by August 5, 2022 to Nicholas Mouthaan at nicholas.mouthaan@usda.gov, or to Becky Cain at rebecca.cain@usda.gov. Be sure to include your full name, address and phone number if you wish to receive further communications.

More information about this project can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/sopa/forest-level.php?110910.

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