DNR, Eastern and Western UP Citizen's Advisory Councils hold annual joint meeting

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizen's Advisory Councils met with the DNR at Northern Michigan University on Wednesday.

This event served as their annual joint meeting.

"We're looking forward to hearing what they have to say," says DNR U.P. Regional Coordinator Stacy Haughey. "We've got a full agenda."

A full agenda it was, as each advisory council submitted what they wanted to hear.

"The east and west council usually have different topics based on what they want the department to give them an update on, and so tonight they've decided on joint topics to discuss and so that's what we're going to cover," says Haughey.

The meeting began with updates and reports from different divisions, such as meetings held or grants applied for.

At Wednesday's meeting, the hot topics were enacted regulations for CWD control, and proposed regulations for commercial fishing.

"We're definitely interested in the CWD issue, that's a hot topic all across the U.P. with the baiting issues," says Tom Buckingham, Chair of the Eastern UP Citizens Advisory Council.

In parts of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties, an immediate ban is in place on deer baiting and feeding within the core surveillance area, with some exceptions for disabled hunters on certain days.

The Western U.P. Citizens Advisory Council was particularly concerned with hearing details on the proposed commercial fishing regulations.

Despite having differences in the priorities of topics, the groups looked forward to having a productive meeting.

"It's nice to sit with a diverse group of people to represent the resources for the state of Michigan," says Buckingham.

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