DNR seeks public input on Holly State Recreation Area's management plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a new draft general management plan for Holly State Recreation Area in Oakland County. The DNR will host a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Oakland County Fire Authority, 5051 Grange Hall Road in Holly.

The general management plan defines a long-range (10 to 20 years) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to 1) protect and preserve the site's natural and cultural resources and 2) provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

A link to the Holly State Recreation Area draft general management plan and additional information on the DNR's management plan process can be found at www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

Holly State Recreation Area is located between Pontiac and Flint in northern Oakland County. The park's more than 8,000 acres of rolling woodlands, open fields and wetlands provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Facilities include a modern campground, camper cabins, a swimming beach, the Holly Woods Disc Golf Course and 34 miles of hiking, mountain-biking and cross-country ski trails. Fishing and boating also are available on the park's many lakes. Jump Island, an inflatable water park, provides a unique family experience at Heron Lake beach during the summer months. The majority of the park is open to hunting, with approximately one-third of the acreage dedicated to game management.

The Aug. 31 meeting will begin with a short overview of the draft plan. The public is welcome to attend at any time during the 90-minute period to review the planning materials, provide comments and talk to DNR staff. Comments also may be sent via email through Sept. 8 to DNR park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen at jensend1@michigan.gov.

For additional information about the public meeting or the proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at jensenD1@michigan.gov. Anyone with disabilities who needs accommodations for the meeting should contact Jensen at least five business days before the meeting.

Published: Thu, Aug 24, 2017