Action Alert: New MTB Trails at Waterloo Recreation Area

Public Open House scheduled for October 2, 2012 for input on the proposed Phase 2 Long Range Action Goals Plans for Pinckney Recreation Area (“Poto”) and Waterloo Recreation Area.

The Department of Natural Resources recently announced that an open house designed for the public to provide input on the proposed Phase 2 Long Range Action Goals Plans for Pinckney Recreation Area in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties, and Waterloo Recreation Area in Ingham, Jackson and Washtenaw Counties, will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center, located at 17030 Bush Road, Chelsea, MI.

These two recreation areas, which are adjacent to each other, combine to provide over 30,000 acres of public recreational property in Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties. The parks are home to diverse natural and cultural resources. Waterloo Recreation Area features more rare animals and plant species, and more exemplary natural communities, than any other park in the state system. A broad spectrum of recreation opportunities are enjoyed in both parks, including; modern and rustic camping, many boating and fishing options, and a vast area of public land open to hunting, trapping, and other recreation. Significant for both parks are the trail use activities enjoyed by equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers/runners/walkers, and others.

This open house will provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on specific long range actions that are recommended for these two parks. The DNR’s planning consultant, Birchler Arroyo, Associates will conduct the open house and DNR staff will also be available to participate in presenting an overview of the planning process and to address questions regarding the park and the planning efforts underway.

For more information about this open house, the proposed plans, or persons needing accommodations to attend this open house, contact Paul N. Curtis, DNR 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.