campgrounds http://michiganradio.org en Michigan lawmakers propose alternative to campground closures http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-propose-alternative-campground-closures <p>Twelve Republican legislators from northern Michigan are <a href="http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/04/11/general-mi-state-forest-campgrounds_8403295.html">proposing a plan</a> that would keep some forest campgrounds in the state open.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/state-will-close-some-campgrounds-starting-may">last week</a> that the state will be closing <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Order_to_Close_State_Forest_Campgrounds_348606_7.pdf">twenty-three state forest campgrounds</a> beginning in May.</p><p>The DNR says they&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153--253941--,00.html">closing the campgrounds</a> because they&rsquo;re not heavily used and the state doesn&rsquo;t have the money to maintain them.</p><p>The GOP lawmakers detailed plans on Monday that would give local governments the option to take over the campgrounds that would otherwise be closed. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:23:48 +0000 Zoe Clark 2035 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers propose alternative to campground closures State will close some campgrounds starting in May http://michiganradio.org/post/state-will-close-some-campgrounds-starting-may <p>The state will be closing <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/Order_to_Close_State_Forest_Campgrounds_348606_7.pdf">twenty-three state forest campgrounds</a> beginning in May. The campgrounds are not state parks. They&rsquo;re camping sites along rivers, lakes or trails. Most of the sites to be closed are in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Mary Dettloff is with the state Department of Natural Resources.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;These are primarily rustic camping sites. There&rsquo;s no electrical hook up like there is at a state park. State Forest campgrounds tend to cater to people who are into more of just a tent camping experience.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is closing the campgrounds because they&rsquo;re not heavily used and the state doesn&rsquo;t have money to maintain them. Dettloff continues:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Not only did we pick the ones that are underperforming in terms of bringing in revenue but they&rsquo;re also ones that are close to other state forest campgrounds. So we&rsquo;re not going to be denying the opportunity to use the state forest campgrounds to people because there will be other ones nearby that will remain open.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The trails and land around the campgrounds will still be available to visitors after the campsites are removed. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:08:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1959 at http://michiganradio.org State will close some campgrounds starting in May