- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GLADSTONE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service are making plans to team up on management of the state’s forests.

The agencies are developing a “good neighbor authority” agreement, which allows use of state resources for timber harvesting and other work on national forest lands.

Logging and restoration activities under the deal will take place this year and in 2017.

In the Huron-Manistee National Forest, workers will harvest or thin more than 600 acres of pine, oak and aspen.

Nearly 300 acres of red pine will be thinned in the Ottawa National Forest this year.

Plans for the Hiawatha National Forest includes two sales including almost 500 acres of work in aspen, balsam fir, northern hardwoods and red, white and jack pine forest types starting this year.

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