Michigan Department of Natural Resources reopens customer service centers and field offices at least two days a week. This is the latest step in the state’s attempts to get operations back to normal after the COVID-19 outbreak. Even with this new change, thousands of government employees remain outside their normal work environment and do their jobs remotely.
Starting today, the Department of Natural Resources’ field offices and customer service centers will be open Tuesday through Thursday, at least until the Labor Day holiday weekend. For residents of the Battle Creek area, the nearest field office is approximately 30 miles to Plainwell (15 miles from Kalamazoo). Or take the approximately 80 km drive to Lansing. After Labor Day – the department plans to reopen completely. The DNR and other State Department employees may be working remotely. Some might never come back. It is still too early to see how it will all play out.
The main offices of state parks and recreation areas, DNR-maintained ports, and shooting ranges have all been open for some time now. The very popular DNR Outdoor adventure center in Detroit reopened last weekend.
The hatchery buildings are closed to the public, but the outdoor areas and paths of most hatcheries are open, including to Wolf Lake Hatchery just west of Kalamazoo
The DNR reopening announcement offers the following reminder of COVID-19 safety precautions: “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues to recommend that people not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 wear protective clothing. face masks when in crowded outdoor locations. Additionally, visitors to MNR facilities and sites may see some MNR employees wearing face masks as an added precaution for the comfort and safety of visitors, volunteers and staff. “