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Please take a minute to do something meaningful and long-lasting for Michigan’s great outdoor spaces. Let’s make Michigan number one three years in a row! Vote today through Aug. 31, 2011.


Source: Department of Natural Resources

Vote Today - Help Michigan Earn Free Trees and National Bragging Rights!

The Department of Natural Resources reports that Michigan currently ranks first in the Odwalla juice company’s national Plant a Tree program, but Texas and Pennsylvania are coming on strong in second and third place. With $100,000 worth of free trees for state parks available this year, every vote counts. If you’ve already voted for Michigan by planting a tree at www.odwalla.com/plantatree, thank you! There is one vote allowed per e-mail address. If you haven’t yet voted, please consider doing so today. It’s easy, and every tree planted (or vote cast) means $1 toward the purchase of trees to help restore the areas of our state parks hardest hit by the emerald ash borer and other exotic forest pests.



For two years running, state employees have helped push Michigan to the top of the Odwalla competition but, with a smaller funding pool this year, other states are getting serious about their outreach efforts. There is still roughly $50,000 worth of free trees available for planting – or voting – in the contest. Please take a minute to do something meaningful and long-lasting for Michigan’s great outdoor spaces. Visit http://www.odwalla.com/plantatree and plant a tree today. Let’s make Michigan number one three years in a row! Vote today through Aug. 31, 2011.



DNR Rolls Out the Green Carpet – and the Discounts – for First Time Campers



Have you always wanted to camp in Michigan’s great outdoors, but aren’t sure how to get started? Why not take advantage of the Department of Natural Resources’ First Time Camper program and experience camping in a fun, friendly environment at a Michigan state park or recreation area? For just $20, this "edu-vacation" is a great way to enjoy Michigan's woods and waters – with all the gear, guides and good times included. 



As a First Time Camper, you will receive two nights of camping, use of all the gear you’ll need (provided by Gander Mountain), hands-on instruction on setting up camp and outdoor living from Michigan’s most experienced campers. The First Time Camper gear package rental includes a four-person tent, a tarp, two camp chairs, a flashlight, a lantern, a camp stove, four hot dog/marshmallow cookers and two fishing poles (guests should bring their own food, cooking utensils and bedding). 



The First Time Camper program is offered this year at 18 state parks and recreation areas: 



  • Baraga State Park
  • Bay City State Park
  • Bewabic State Park
  • Cheboygan State Park
  • Hartwick Pines State Park
  • Hoffmaster State Park
  • Holly Recreation Area
  • Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area
  • Muskegon State Park
  • Pinckney Recreation Area
  • Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
  • Port Crescent State Park
  • Silver Lake State Park
  • Sleeper State Park
  • Sterling State Park
  • Traverse City State Park
  • Wells State Park
  • Young State Park

To reserve your First Time Camper experience, contact the park that you would like to stay at and ask to enroll in the First Time Camper program. For full program details, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks or contact Maia Stephens, DNR recreation programmer, at (989) 225-8573 or stephensm3@michigan.gov.