Open House Scheduled for June 21 on Proposed Management Plan for Fort Custer State Recreation Area

Fort Custer Recreation Area Phase 2 Long-Range Action Goals Plan (Draft)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

June 7, 2010 – The Department of Natural Resource and Environment announced today that an open house designed for the public to provide input on the proposed Phase 2 Long-Range Action Goals Plan for Fort Custer Recreation Area in Kalamazoo County will be held on Monday, June 21.  The open house will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Galesburg-Augusta High School, located at 315 W. Battle Creek Dr. in Galesburg.

Fort Custer State Recreation Area provides approximately 3,030 acres of public recreational property between the cities of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.  The Kalamazoo River winds through the park, which also has three man-made lakes and contains significant natural and cultural resources. The park offers a variety of recreation options including camping, fishing, hunting and trapping, birding and trails.

DNRE Recreation Division staff will be available to present an overview of the proposed plans for Fort Custer State Recreation Area and address questions regarding the park and the planning efforts underway.

For more information about this open house, the proposed plan, or persons needing accommodations to attend this open house, contact Paul Curtis, DNRE park management plan administrator, at 517-335-4832 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) at least five business days before the open house.

Effective October 1, 2010, the Recreation Passport will be available to Michigan residents for $10 per registered vehicle, or $5 per registered motorcycle.  This will replace the resident annual state park and boating access site permits.  By checking “Yes” on your vehicle registration form, Michigan residents will realize a 58 percent savings in exchange for unlimited access to all Michigan state parks and boating access sites.  This money will also help support Michigan state parks, boating access sites, state forests and local parks.  Information about the Recreation Passport will also be available at this open house, or you can visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnre.

Contacts: Paul Curtis 517-335-4832 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

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