Credit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for coming up with a program aimed at giving young people an opportunity to become more closely involved in the great outdoors by helping develop policies that will govern management of natural resources.
The Youth Advisory Council on Fishing, Hunting, Trapping and Conservation, known informally as Michigan Youth Conservation Council, was created by a Natural Resources Commission resolution earlier this year. According to the agency, young people ages 14 to 18 years who are interested in the state's outdoors resources can apply to the NRC for membership.
The agency reports that council members will:
Additionally, members must attend a minimum of four meetings a year with at least two set up as weekend training sessions at a state facility, the DNR reports.
Applications can be found at the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Look for Education and Outreach and then find the Youth Conservation Council information under Programs for Families and Individuals. Completed applications must be postmarked by Jan. 18 and should be sent to NRC Youth Conservation Council, P.O. Box 30028, Lansing, MI 48909.
This is something area youth should consider getting involved in. Young people spend altogether too much time staring at screens of one sort or another: television, computers and now cell phones.
Getting young people more closely associated with the outdoors, especially from a policy-development standpoint, makes a lot of sense to us.