Michigan state parks http://michiganradio.org en Belle Isle becomes Michigan's 102nd state park http://michiganradio.org/post/belle-isle-becomes-michigans-102nd-state-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new chapter has begun in the long history of Detroit's Belle Isle, which is transitioning to become Michigan's </span>102nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;state park.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The full change takes place today, as state park officials assume control of the park under the lease imposed by Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. The move should save the city between $4 and $5 million a year.&nbsp;</p><p>Starting today, motorists will need an $11 state recreation passport to enter the park.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Free Press editorial editor Stephen Henderson joins us today to talk about what we can expect for the future of Belle Isle and the city of Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:20:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 16375 at http://michiganradio.org Belle Isle becomes Michigan's 102nd state park Stateside for Monday, February 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-february-10-2014 <p>Belle Isle has become Michigan's 102nd State Park. What does this new chapter for Belle Isle mean for the city and people of Detroit?</p><p>Next, stray animals in Detroit are up for debate since a article by Bloomberg News put the number of strays at 50,000. A Michigan State University professor discusses the findings of her study on the problem.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:20:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 16377 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, February 10, 2014 Go on an "owl prowl" http://michiganradio.org/post/go-owl-prowl <p>The Department of Natural Resources is putting on a series of guided night time walks in different state parks and recreation areas, with the goal of trying to spot owls.</p><p>They're called "owl prowls." (Just try and say that five times, fast.)</p><p>Events are scheduled in Livingston, Wayne, Oakland, Clinton, Lenawee, Jackson and Bay Counties. You can find more information <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365-316092--,00.html">here at the DNR's website.</a><br /><br />The events are free and the organizers suggest that you pre-register.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:12:55 +0000 Kyle Norris 15416 at http://michiganradio.org Go on an "owl prowl" 5 natural gems even native Michiganders don't know about http://michiganradio.org/post/5-natural-gems-even-native-michiganders-dont-know-about <p>Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was voted 'The Most Beautiful Place in America in 2011,'&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/sleeping-bear-dunes-voted-most-beautiful-place-america" target="_blank">we know that.&nbsp;</a></p><p>Some Michigan natives try to avoid the popular tourist sites during peak visiting months. The crowds can be overwhelming for some tourists, too.</p><p>Lifelong Michigander or not, if you're trying to soak up Michigan's beauty without all the people, check out michigantrailmaps.com.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:07:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 12817 at http://michiganradio.org 5 natural gems even native Michiganders don't know about Belle Isle deal dead after Detroit City Council skips vote http://michiganradio.org/post/belle-isle-deal-dead-after-detroit-city-council-skips-vote <p>A plan to turn Detroit’s Belle Isle into a state park appears dead.</p><p>The Detroit City Council declined to vote on a lease proposal for the&nbsp;island park Tuesday. Now, Governor Snyder’s officer says the state has pulled the offer because the city won’t meet an end-of-the-month deadline.</p><p>Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the Governor’s office, says the deal needed to be finalized by then so the Michigan Department of Natural Resources could make funding and programming arrangements for the upcoming fiscal year.</p><p>The idea faced fierce opposition from the get-go. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:15:14 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11002 at http://michiganradio.org Belle Isle deal dead after Detroit City Council skips vote Belle Isle plan moves to a vote, but faces resistance http://michiganradio.org/post/belle-isle-plan-moves-vote-faces-resistance <p>It appears that <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130124/NEWS01/130124064/Bing-supporters-Belle-Isle-lease-selling-out-Detroiters-2-council-members-say?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">a plan to turn Detroit’s Belle Isle into a state park&nbsp;will be voted on next week.</a> But it’s far from clear how that vote will&nbsp;turn out.</p><p>The plan calls for the state to lease Belle Isle from Detroit for 30&nbsp;years, and have the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manage it&nbsp;as a state park.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 02:18:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10932 at http://michiganradio.org Belle Isle plan moves to a vote, but faces resistance Michigan DNR Wants Teenagers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-dnr-wants-teenagers <P>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Youth Advisory Council needs your kids' opinions.</P> <P>The council is seeking applications from teenagers (14-18) to help make the outdoors fun and interesting.</P> <P>Organizers say they want input from all over the state and plan to even explore the use of mobile applications to learn what draws young people to enjoy the outdoors. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:31:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10430 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan DNR Wants Teenagers