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The final report is released! Click here to download a copy.


The website has been updated extenstively; new digital data sets have been added, as well as material from the public forums


The community forums are complete; look here to see some of the presentations

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This Michigan land use project was funded by:

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The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development (UP RC&D) Council sponsored three community forums in partnership with the Luce-West Mackinac, Marquette and Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation Districts to help inform citizens and policy-makers across the UP of research findings in this project.

Presentations were made regarding changes in corporate land ownership over the past several years, the importance of the forest products industry to the U.P. economy, local and state regulatory capacity and market-based tools. Participants heard corporate landowner's perspectives and a review the Michigan Commercial Forest Act. Members of county and township government, planning and zoning board members, conservation district and RC&D board members, owners and managers of mills and other timber products companies, foresters, timberland owners, representatives of land conservancies, recreation and wildlife organizations and other interested individuals were invited and participated in the forums.

Input from forum participants was gathered, summarized and evaluated by the project team. Participants had some great insights and these are incorporated in the final project report.

Locations and Dates

  • June 19, 2007 - Newberry - Best Western Hotel
  • June 20, 2007 - Marquette - Peter White Public Library
  • June 21, 2007 - Houghton - UPPCO Building

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Letter to Invitees to Community Forums

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Flyer for the Houghton Community Forum

Presentation Materials

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The Upper Peninsula in Transition
Dr. Robert Froese, Michigan Technological University

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The Role of the Forest Products Industry in the UP Economy
Dr. Larry Leefers, Michigan State University

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Local Government and Community Factors
Brad Garmon, Michigan Environmental Council

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Commercial Forest Act: An Overview
Ernie Houghton, Michigan DNR

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Public Access and Recreation
Ron Yesney, Michigan DNR

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Tools for Conservation and Land Use Management
Evan MacDonald, Keweenaw Land Trust and Brian Carlson, The Nature Conservancy