DNR holds 'Wildlife through Forestry' forum in Ispheming

ISHPEMING,Mich. (WLUC) - On Tuesday evening, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources held a 'Wildlife through Forestry' forum in Ishpeming that specifically focused on Lake Superior.

This event featured three speakers and is part of an ongoing series.

The speakers included Brandon Gerig, Thomas Pratt and Shawn Sitar.

Thomas Pratt is a research scientist for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, based in Sault Ste. Marie.

Pratt focused on the importance of the nearshore zone of Lake Superior and how it connects to the forests and healthy watershed.

"We've seen some increases in recovery, a lot of the species had declines because of poor watershed management and so now a lot of those species are doing a little bit better,” said Pratt. “So hopefully that will make people realize that it's important to keep watersheds intact and keep them supporting our fisheries.”

Pratt thinks they have good momentum going for Lake Superior and hopes they keep things moving in a positive direction.

The presentation was held at the River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming.