LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn announced that the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee on Wednesday approved a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) request to acquire 72 acres of land adjacent to the Petersburg State Game Area in Monroe County.
“The Petersburg State Game Area is a prime example of how we can successfully restore critical habitat for wildlife conservation and public enjoyment,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This land would be managed by the DNR for the benefit of waterfowl and funded by the sale of waterfowl hunting licenses.
“This is exactly the type of wildlife conservation efforts that Michigan hunters and anglers support by buying fishing and hunting licenses and outdoor sporting equipment and gear.”
Funds for the acquisition would come from previous capital outlay appropriations from the Waterfowl Hunt Stamp Sub-Fund within the Game and Fish Protection Fund. The sub-fund is restricted to acquiring, restoring or enhancing wetlands and other lands for the benefit of waterfowl.
The 484-acre Petersburg State Game Area is home to a unique ecosystem of widely spaced mature oak trees and shrubs that once flourished in southern Michigan.
“In addition to providing a great public place for our sportsmen and sportswomen to hunt, Petersburg is the only place in Southeast Michigan where families can see the rare Karner blue butterflies,” Zorn said. “With this addition, the game area will offer even more opportunities for residents and tourists to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors.”