- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Monday opened a southeastern Michigan customer service center at the state’s new Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit as part of an effort to better serve the region amid the agency’s increased presence in the city.

The service center offers access to DNR wildlife and fisheries biologists, parks and recreation planners, conservation law experts and marketing and outreach staff. Visitors may buy hunting and fishing licenses or recreation passports for access to state parks.

“Opening the customer service center in Detroit will help the DNR better serve a broader customer base throughout the entire metro Detroit region and offer ‘one-stop shopping’ to residents,” Sharon Schafer, chief of the DNR’s Finance and Operations Division, said in a statement.

“This customer service center is part of a larger investment the state is making in Detroit.”

The area’s current service center located in the suburb of Southfield will close, the DNR said, and staff from that location is moving to the Detroit site.

The update comes as work is moving forward on the Outdoor Adventure Center, which will be housed at the more-than-century-old former Globe Trading Co. manufacturing site that was vacant for years. Final exhibits are set to be completed in early 2015. Attractions will include a kayak simulator, an indoor waterfall, an archery range, a freshwater aquarium and a simulated eagle’s nest.

The Outdoor Adventure Center already is offering some events. It is hosting live music and lawn games between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursdays and natural resources programs on Saturdays. The three meeting areas at the Outdoor Adventure Center also are available for rental as construction continues.

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is located along the Detroit River near the Outdoor Adventure Center. And Detroit’s Belle Isle became a state park in February, with the DNR taking over management as part of a cost-cutting effort for bankrupt Detroit.

The DNR is putting money into Belle Isle. And Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill in June authorizing millions of dollars in state help for Detroit during a ceremony at the Outdoor Adventure Center. The state’s contribution of $195 million is part of an effort called the Grand Bargain to save Detroit’s art treasures and help avoid deeper cuts to retiree pensions if the city’s restructuring plan is approved in bankruptcy court.






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