One hundred years ago, the Michigan Department of Conservation — now the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) — embarked on a mission to conserve, protect and manage Michigan’s great outdoors.

The 100th year is a true milestone and testament to the dedication of the department cause for celebration.

“This is really about a century of hard work and commitment by thousands of DNR employees and our partners to make Michigan an amazing place where fish, wildlife and forests thrive and where we can connect to nature and our state’s outdoor heritage,” said Dan Eichinger, DNR director.

Hunters and anglers also play an important role in wildlife management and the conservation of natural resources, Eichinger said. State lawmakers created the Michigan Wildlife Council in 2013 to increase public understanding of those efforts.

“Hunters are absolutely conservationists at heart,” said Ashley Autenrieth, DNR deer program biologist. “For example, we rely on hunters to keep deer populations in check. Without annual deer harvests, Michigan deer would suffer from starvation and disease caused by overpopulation.” See the full story >