The Commission:

  • Name: Michigan Natural Resources Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 7
  • Term length: 4 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute

“The commission shall be composed of 7 members, not more than 4 of whom shall be members of the same political party… A member of the commission shall be selected with special reference to that person’s training and experience related to at least 1 of the principal lines of activities vested in the department of natural resources and the ability and fitness of that person to deal with those activities.” 

  • From the Commission’s website

The Commission has exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish, and is authorized to designate game species and authorize the establishment of the first open season for animals through the issuance of orders.

The Agency:

  • Name: Department of Natural Resources
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by the Natural Resources Commission
  • Mission statement from agency website:

“The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.”

Revenue for Michigan Wildlife Division, FY 2022:

Other: Nongame Funds (0.9%), Other State Funds (3%)

Source: Michigan Wildlife Division Annual Report 2022

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

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