League of Women Voters panel to discuss public land

MANISTEE — What is the difference between the U.S. Forest Service and the Michigan DNR? Do you know what property is federally owned or state owned?

Who should you contact when you have problems or questions about public lands?

The League of Women Voters (LWV) Manistee County will attempt to clear up some of the confusion about public lands at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Manistee County Intermediate School District office, located at 772 Parkdale Ave. in Manistee, during a panel discussion with people involved in the management of public lands in Manistee County.

A panel of natural resource managers and law officers will include MDNR Conservation Officers Steve Converse and Sam Kosinski; MDNR Forest Inventory and Planning Specialist Derek Cross; U.S. Forest Service Supervisory Forester Barb Heidel; and Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Patrick Wiese. This panel will discuss the management of state and federal forests, recreational opportunities on public lands and the role of law enforcement officers.

A light soup supper will be available for League members and guests. League programs are open to everyone.

The LWV Manistee County is made up of men and women, Democrats, Republicans and Independents who share in the need and desire to see important issues discussed in a fair and impartial manner. The League is a nonpartisan, impartial voice for political education, whose mission is to motivate citizens to become educated about important issues of the day.

For more information about this program or the LWV Manistee County visit lwvmanisteecounty.org.

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