FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 28 JUN 04
Contact: Sgt. Ron Kimmerly, 989-684-9141
Volunteers working to monitor Rifle River
State conservation officers today announced a program aimed to help curb recreational abuses along the Rifle River in Arenac County.
Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, along with the Arenac County Sheriff?s Department and the Michigan Department of State Police, are recruiting sportspersons and local residents for the DNR?s Citizens Assisting in Resources Enforcement program, where volunteers assist officers in monitoring and reporting illegal activity.
?Volunteers provide a good, visible presence along the river, and help reduce illegal activities like littering, trespassing, operating boats while intoxicated, and dealing with other safety issues,? said Sgt. Ron Kimmerly. ?By serving as additional eyes and ears along the Rifle River, C.A.R.E. partners help ensure that this beautiful river can be enjoyed by all and left in good condition.?
Kimmerly noted the volunteer program will be accompanied by increased local, state and DNR law enforcement presence during the peak canoe season on the river.
C.A.R.E program volunteers must attend a July 6 training session, starting at 7 p.m. at the Sterling Sportsman's Club, where officers will provide instruction on what volunteers should do when they observe violations. The meeting also will be a time for volunteers to sign-up for shift dates and times.
The Sterling Sportsman's Club is located at 339 S. Melita Road, in Sterling. For additional information, contact DNR?s Bay City Operations Service Center (989) 684-9141.