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Contact: Sgt. Nick Heary 231-775-9727
Agency: Natural Resources

Volunteers needed for fall salmon program

September 9, 2003

State conservation officials today announced they are seeking residents to assist DNR conservation officers in monitoring fall salmon runs on the Manistee River, near Tippy Dam in Manistee County.

The Citizens Assisting in Resource Enforcement program invites anglers and other concerned residents to help deter illegal activity during the peak period of the salmon runs. Formerly known as the Riverwatch program, this popular volunteer opportunity has been expanding throughout Michigan for several years.

“Resident volunteers provide a good, visible presence on the rivers, and this program helps reduce illegal activities like snagging, littering and other violations,” said Sgt. Nick Heary. “By serving as additional eyes and ears on the waterways, these volunteers are helping to ensure that fair and ethical behavior prevails during the fall salmon runs. We look forward to seeing the CARE program continue expanding.”

CARE program volunteers are asked to attend a brief training session, held immediately prior to the patrols. The scheduled patrol weekends are Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, and Oct. 4-5.

For additional information, or to enroll in the program, contact the DNR Operations Service Center in Cadillac at 231-775-9727.




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