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DNR herbicide applications underway in parts of N. Michigan

Submitted by on September 11, 2019 – 12:26 amNo Comment

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is in the process of applying herbicide treatments at sites across the northern Lower Peninsula.

Officials say the herbicide helps provide favorable conditions for red pine tree plantings by discouraging the growth of other plants.
They say the spraying, which will be done from the ground as well as by helicopter, will affect only a very small percentage of state-managed land.

Spraying already has occurred or will occur over the next few weeks in 12 northern Michigan counties, including Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego and Roscommon.

“We’ll be wrapped up by October,” said Bill Sterrett, western Lower Peninsula supervisor for the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “We have to do the spraying while the competing plants are still in the growing season.”

Before spraying starts, signs are posted in the area. In addition, the DNR will attempt to contact property owners of adjacent private lands. Signs will remain in place at spraying sites for at least 48 hours after herbicide application.