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DNR makes plans to celebrate 100th anniversary of state parks

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A milestone next year marks the progress of one of the state’s leading organizations for preserving Michigan’s outdoor recreation areas.

Plans are getting underway for a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Michigan’s state parks.

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for ideas to celebrate the milestone and preserve the park system for future generations.

The Michigan State Parks Commission was created on May 9, 1919 to protect the state’s outdoor destinations, including many locations along the Great Lakes, inland lakes and forests.

There are more than 100 parks maintained throughout the state, including the Bay City State Recreation Area on the Saginaw Bay, Milliken State Park in Detroit, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula.

Maia Turek is a resource specialist with the DNR. She said the centennial offers several ways for local businesses and organizations to get involved.

No matter how people want to get involved, Turek said the department will lend a hand.

Individuals or groups can participate in the centennial by partnering with the DNR on projects like trail maintenance and cleanup, invasive species removal or sprucing up park facilities.

Other ways to participate include leading geocaching challenges and vintage RV parades.

For more information or to make plans, log onto Michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Turek at 989-225-8573.

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