Michigan Department of Natural Resources reopens Customer service centers and branch offices at least a few days a week. This is the latest step in the state’s efforts to get operations back to normal following the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite this new change, thousands of government employees remain outside their normal work environment and do their work remotely.
Starting today, the Department of Natural Resources branch offices and customer service centers will be open Tuesday through Thursday through at least the Labor Day holiday weekend. For residents of the Battle Creek area, this is the next branch is about 30 miles away in Plainwell (15 miles from Kalamazoo). Or take the 80 km drive to Lansing. Last Labor Day – the department is planning to reopen completely. There may still be DNR and other State Department staff working remotely. Some may never return. It’s too early to see how it all comes together.
Main offices in state parks and recreation areas, ports maintained by the DNR, and shooting ranges have been open for some time. The hugely popular DNR Outdoor adventure center reopened in Detroit last weekend.
The hatchery buildings are closed to the public, but the exteriors and paths in most hatcheries are open, including in Wolfssee breeding site west of Kalamazoo
The DNR reopening announcement is a reminder of COVID-19 safety precautions: “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services still recommends that those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear face masks in crowded outdoor areas. Additionally, visitors to DNR facilities and sites can see some DNR employees wearing face masks as an extra precaution for the comfort and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff. “