MUNISING (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has given grants to seven Upper Peninsula conservation groups for projects to improve deer habitat.
The grants announced Tuesday are part of the Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative and total $49,235.
The recipients include the Alger County chapter of U.P. Whitetails. The DNR said the group is getting $10,000 to plant mesic conifers and oak trees on Forestland Group property where beech trees have been affected by beech bark disease.
About 500 acres in Alger, Luce, Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties will get seedlings.
Other recipients include the Bays de Noc Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wheelin' Sportsmen, Dickinson Conservation District, Wildlife Unlimited of Iron County, the Ontonagon chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, and Straits Area Sportsmen's Club.